Joe Girardi just called off the workout. The entire team and coaching staff will instead head to a local pool hall for a tournament and lunch.
With games starting Wednesday, Girardi decided to give his team a break and build some chemistry at the same time. This is part of what I wrote about in yesterday’s paper, Girardi improving his relationship with the players.
Back with some more later. To me, this is a great idea. Right out of the Tom Coughlin playbook.
UPDATE, 10:36 a.m.: The Yankees are out of here, off to play pool. They’re going to be partnered up with a teammate and play some 8 Ball.
“It’s a team day away from the field. We’re going to have a little tournament and try to enjoy the day,” Girardi said.
Coughlin, as you may remember, took the Giants bowling during training camp in 2007. Next thing you know, they won the Super Bowl. Was there a connection? Maybe not a direct one; but building relationships is an important aspect of success.
The players were laughing as they walked to the bus. Jorge Posada stopped to speak to the writers and he said he thought it was a good idea.
“It’s good to get together,” he said. “It’s something you don’t see often. Being together away from the field, hopefully we start some relationships here. … It’s a day to forget about baseball a little but and think about the family we have. I think its good. It’s good for everybody.”
So there you have it. No baseball today, just billiards. No press coverage, either. But we’ll get a report later on and I’ll let you know what happened. Word is that Brian Bruney is a serious player.