Two-sport star: Dylan Cease absolutely loves disc golf initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
This, by itself, was nothing uncommon. Baseball gamers import completely different tools from different sports activities on a regular basis simply to have some enjoyable earlier than video games, screwing round with footballs, soccer balls, rugby balls and frisbees.
But whereas this was enjoyable for Cease, it undoubtedly wasn’t simply screwing round. He is tremendous into disc golf.
“I try to play as much as I can,” Cease advised NBC Sports Chicago final week. “My brother got me into it. … I didn’t like it at first because I was terrible at it. And then I kept going with him because it was just fun and I liked seeing how he shaped shots. And then I started getting into it more.
“This offseason, it was actually heat, so I used to be in a position to play like 4 days per week. Back dwelling (in Georgia), I’ll do my lifting and all my yoga stuff, and in my free time, I’ll go play as a lot as I can. I love it.”
It’s turned into something of an impressive side project for Cease, who has a giant collection of discs, a list of top players who send him swag and an appreciation of and from those in the disc-golf community.
“Loads of the disc-golf neighborhood’s baseball followers,” Cease said. “I’ll purchase a disc on ebay, and somebody will message me like, ‘Hey man, admire you rising the game.’ I’m like, ‘Wow. OK, they acknowledge me.'”
If you’re part of that community, or just enjoying a day outside, you might spot Cease and some other White Sox players playing in Chicagoland. Cease said that he’s trying to get some of his teammates into the sport, too, with Lucas Giolito being receptive. He’s played with Michael Kopech and Jimmy Lambert, too. He’s hoping Dallas Keuchel will come out with him at some point.
Cease has played at local courses in the South Suburbs. But it’s down around his hometown in Georgia where his favorite courses are.
“It’s like a mountain course, virtually,” he said of his favorite north of Atlanta. “It feels such as you’re simply in nature. And they have a course that is obtained an enormous cave you throw into.
“I like the wooded ones. I like the ones where you feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere. … Trees all over the place, you’ve got to throw through it. Good times.”
Cease even went so far as taking part in a makeshift recreation on a make-it-up-as-you-go course at Progressive Field in Cleveland through the White Sox most up-to-date street journey.
The day he was whipping discs round Guaranteed Rate Field wasn’t that concerned. He was simply exhibiting off. He might have fooled me, although, as I watched him land one by way of the doorway within the customer’s dugout.
It appeared like a gap in a single. It seems it wasn’t fairly so intentional.
“I was just throwing for distance, trying to show off here,” he stated. “I was nervous. I think if one of those hits somebody, I think that’d be trouble. So I was like, ‘Man, I hope I didn’t just nail somebody.'”
Cease stated throwing discs on the ballpark is an effective way to loosen up and get away from the extraordinary give attention to baseball required for gamers to do their job nicely. It sounded rather a lot like the outline teammate Liam Hendriks gave of the advantages of his personal love of LEGOs final week.
It feels like “LEGO Liam” and “Disc Golf Dylan” ought to be besties. Apparently, although, there is a little bit of a pleasant clubhouse rivalry brewing between the 2 hobbyists.
“He makes fun of me for disc golf, and I make fun of his LEGO stuff all the time,” Cease stated. “He’ll say something along the lines of, ‘Why don’t you get your food with your disc?’ And I’ll be like, ‘Why don’t you build a LEGO plate for yours?'”
While he is engaged on the extent of appreciation contained in the clubhouse, Cease’s curiosity and love of the game has been appreciated exterior of it. And consequently, he is grown his disc assortment with the assistance of a number of the sport’s high gamers, Cease naming Paul McBeth, Ricky Wysocki and Garrett Guthrie as professionals who’ve despatched him discs. He’s even obtained a sponsorship himself with an organization that makes discs.
Cease desires his personal signature disc at some point. And which may occur if he follows by way of on some huge plans to make a disc-golf YouTube channel. According to Cease, that may solely occur if he retains having the identical type of success on the mound he has thus far this season.
So extra performances like his sensible dismantling of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday — seven shutout innings, 10 strikeouts and just one stroll to decrease his season ERA to three.36 — equal extra disc-golf movies coming your manner this winter.
“I might make a YouTube channel this offseason, we’ll see,” he stated. “I just want to solidify myself here first. … I just think it might be a bad look if I don’t perform up to my expectations here and then go play disc golf.
“If I carry out nicely right here, I’ll do it.”
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