Yankees Game Day. Well, Sort Of.
It’s game day at Spring Training for the Yankees. No, this does not involve a baseball field.
Tomorrow the Yankees will take the field for their first spring training game of the year. Today however, they begin playing some games. It has become a tradition for the Yankees under Manager Joe Girardi.
Last season during spring training, Girardi gathered his team together at a local pool hall for a friendly tournament. Turns out the outing became a great bonding experience for the team and set the tone for the season that eventually ended with the team being crowned World Champions.
“I just saw the value in getting them together off the field the more I thought about it,” said Girardi
This year, the manager is bringing the team to an arcade. They will compete against each other in a variety of games including, an Indycar simulation, Pop-A-Shot, and my personal favorite, Skee-Ball.
I will do my best to update you on the results of this years games as soon as I find out.
Everyone on the team is expected to participate in this outing except pitcher Joba Chamberlain. The big righty who is competing for the 5th spot on the starting rotation is experiencing flu-like symptoms. His scheduled bullpen session was cancelled and he was sent home for the day.
Once again the pitchers controlled the games. Last year it was Mariano Rivera who won the billiards tournament.
A.J. Burnett dominated the Indycar simulation game, Andrew Brackman won the Skee-Ball contest and Royce Ring won the Pop-A-Shot contest. Where are all the position players?? It’s time they step up a bit.
Regardless of who won, this outing was once again a success. Everyone seems to enjoy the time way from the field and the ability to hang out with their teammates. Its a great opportunity for the young players to bond with the veterans. If nothing else, it will give them confidence if and when they are called up to the majors.
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