Moylan shows off his pingpong prowess
Wins battle of the paddle against formidable foes: McGwire's kids
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The pingpong table at the Dodgers' Cactus League facility gets plenty of use. Clayton Kershaw has been known to swing a mean paddle, and the constant clanking of plastic can be heard throughout the clubhouse.
The two featured players at the table on Friday were a bit younger. The new Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire's two sons were holding court, whipping the ball back and forth and even taking down some of the players.
That is until Dodgers non-roster invitee Peter Moylan stepped in. As if the paddle was an extension of his tattoo covered arm, the Aussie relief pitcher took no prisoners as he beat McGwire's two sons handily.
Despite his opponents being nearly 25 years his junior, Moylan was locked in until the last point was scored, giving high fives to teammate Josh Beckett. Once the victory was sealed, Moylan gave a sigh of relief and extended his arms like an Australian Leonardo DiCaprio on the Titanic.
To be fair, Moylan was not completely out for blood against the brothers McGwire. He did share some of his pingpong expertise throughout both matches to the boys on employing more effective follow-throughs.
"I think I know it all," Moylan said, "My wife tells me that I don't, but I think I do."
And if Moylan can set down hitters like he did with his pingpong opponents, the Dodgers will have quite the weapon waiting in the bullpen.
Jordan Hamm is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.