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Matt Holliday and David Freese like to play squash

Feb 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Squash

Or: how you know that the offseason has dragged on long enough: 863 words on Matt Holliday and David Freese playing squash:

Looking for a competitive alternative to add to their offseason workouts this winter, Freese and Holliday found squash. A cousin of racquetball, the game features a smaller ball with less bounce and tends to have longer rallies and heightened strategy. The game scratched an itch that weightlifting, for example, did not.

They could keep score.

“It’s fun,” Holliday said. “It’s better than running cones.”

In all seriousness, it’s an interesting article. You see a lot of things about ballplayers’ offseason activities, but they tend to be little bullet points in a notes column (“David Eckstein has taken up line dancing …”). ¬†Derrick Goold’s story about the squash is actually a fun read.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley liked to play squash in Betrayal, too, and look where it got them.

    Petersen and Kekich redux, I suspect….

    By the way, whatever happened to that Petersen and Kekich movie that was supposed to be coming down the pike…as it were…from ESPN a couple years back?

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    worlds series champs can play whatever they want…pattycake it dont matter

  3. Francisco (FC) - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Richie Hebner used to be a grave-digger in the offseason.

    • Old Gator - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Boy, I hope it wasn’t Richie who supplied the brain they used for Bud Selig.

      • snowbirdgothic - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        That came from somebody called Abby….Abby Normal…

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        I think this was before Richie’s time. I think Bud Selig secretly died in the early 70′s and Jozu Kabuto remade him into a Cyborg preserving what was left of his brain and making do with whatever technology he recovered from the underground Mycenaean empire. Needless to say it was a failure so Jozu revived his son instead to head the Fortress of Science. During the late 80′s Bud’s cyborg was found in Jozu’s underground lab one level below where his grandson found his super-robot. NPB was contacted immediately and later MLB posted a bid to bring back the Cyborg stateside to groom it to eventually be the Baseball Commissioner it needed (though not the one it deserves).

  4. cardsfanindelaware - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    All well and good until one of them steps on the ball and rolls their ankle…

  5. foreverchipper10 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Which one will come to camp wearing a jaunty eye patch first?

  6. latrops - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Did Holliday get a ring even though the Cards won in spite of him?

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