Walker graciously took a few minutes to talk with MLB.com about his upcoming holiday plans and to share some of his Christmas memories. Here is what he had to say:
MLB.com: Can you give us an idea of what Christmas is like at the Walker household?
Walker: Basically, it is madness. We always have Christmas Day at my parents' house in the evening, and it is usually filled with a lot of food and loud conversations. Now, it's turned into children running all over the place.
As a kid, I was the youngest of four, and the oldest was eight years older than me. I always took the brunt of the humiliation. I have tried to turn those tables as time has gone along.
MLB.com: What is particularly special about celebrating Christmas in Pittsburgh?
Walker: One of my favorite things about living in Pittsburgh is that you know you're going to get the four seasons. Come Dec. 25, there's always a good chance it's going to snow. People are always in the holiday spirit here. Living out in the suburbs where I do, I always find that there is a lot to do. People go to Hartwood Acres and other places to see lights. The Christmas spirit is just always in full bloom here.
MLB.com: Do you expect to have any new holiday traditions now that you are married?
Walker: I don't know. That's a good question. I think we'll be flipping coins to see where we go on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, our parents live only about a mile and a half apart, so we can hit both in one day.
Also, this year we've gone out and helped a less fortunate family by buying gifts for them. This is the first year that we've done that, and I think that is something that we will continue doing.
MLB.com: What is on your Christmas wish list this year?
Walker: I don't really have anything that I really want, though over the last couple years I have really gotten into memorabilia. I like the Penguins stuff. I like the Steelers stuff. And I like to collect stuff from teammates with the Pirates, too. That's something that I have started to do that I really enjoy and that is personal.
Other than that, I feel like I'm very fortunate and blessed to have a lot of things.
MLB.com: What have you been up to this offseason?
Walker: I started working out in November and hit recently for the first time. I have been working out all offseason, though it has gone quickly, obviously, with getting married. All in all, it's been great. I'm anxious.
Staying healthy was a huge thing for me this past year, and I feel like a lot of preventative work last year helped me stay healthy for the year. Because of that, I really haven't changed much with my offseason workout routine.
I want to just continue to develop as a player. From a hitting standpoint and a fielding standpoint, I want to continue to do what made me successful last year. And then I will grow just from the experience of it all.
MLB.com: With the New Year approaching, what are you most looking forward to about 2012?
Walker: Last June and July, when we really got into full swing and were playing well, the ballpark was filled. I think from Day One this next year that energy and atmosphere is going to be there. I hope it's not going to take time to build up. That's something that I'm looking forward to because people are so passionate here.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.