Mets ace Jacob deGrom still plays catch with his dad in the offseason

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By JOHN DORN

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is one of the aces in a rotation that is fresh off a World Series appearance in 2015, and figures to be a Cy Young contender this coming season. But in the winters, he sticks to the same routine he has since he was in little league.

In a recent interview, the 27-year-old revealed that he still plays catch with his dad at the deGrom residence in Florida.

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"On a typical offseason day, now that it's getting close to spring training, I'll normally get up and go to the gym," the pitcher said, according to For The Win's Ted Berg. "I'll do my workout, then hang out at my house until my dad gets home from work. Then I drive over to my parents' and play catch with him."

Tony deGrom, 60, played baseball through high school. Jacob says that by the end of their sessions, he'll rear back and fire it "pretty hard."

"He can still catch it, surprisingly," deGrom said.

In the interview, he also addressed the ongoing topic of his long, brown locks. He'd previously said he planned on cutting it in the offseason, but with a little more than a month left until the official start to spring training, it's still there.

"I think I've cut maybe a total of three inches off, but it's still pretty long," he said.

Mets fans, rejoice.

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