Weddings, whiskey, waiting for spring: How A’s players spent the offseason

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MESA, Ariz. – The Athletics’ offseason began abruptly Oct. 2, when after winning 97 regular-season games, they lost the AL Wild Card Game to the Rays, ending their 2019 season.

So, what then? What do players do when a season ends and their structured daily lives turn to a blank calendar?

Sleep all day? Lie on a couch and catch up on Netflix? Maybe they sit silently, staring out the window while awaiting another spring, longing for the day they’ll be back on a field with a glove on their hand and the sun on their back.

“I got married,” A’s pitcher Grant Holmes said.

Or that.

After planning the ceremony for nearly a year, Holmes said he married his girlfriend of three years, Sami Ulanski.

“Everything’s stressful about wedding planning,” he said. “We both did it together, so that’s why it was really stressful.”

The couple was able to negotiate the particulars and make it the wedding of their dreams. Close to 250 people attended the ceremony at Wildberry Farm in Marion, South Carolina, and the couple honeymooned at Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina.

“So we stayed local,” Holmes said. “I think we’re going to do something this next offseason, since it was so close to spring training.”

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