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.