The Yankees have passed along the winners of today’s team outing to the arcade. Andrew Brackman makes the list, but not in the Pop-A-Shot competition.
Winner: A.J. Burnett
Runner-up: Dana Cavalea
Winner: Andrew Brackman
Runner-up: Eduardo Nunez
Winner: Royce Ring
Runner-up: Mark Melancon
We also have Mark Feinsand acting as a pool reporter for all of the beat writers. He passed along some comments from Mark Teixeira, and we should get some quotes from Curtis Granderson — and hopefully some pictures — later this afternoon.
“The highlights were A.J. Burnett just smoking the field in the video game racing, and Royce Ring being probably the best Pop-A-Shot basketball player I’ve ever seen,” Teixeira said. “Those two were hands-down the best at those two events.”
Last year’s big winner in the pool tournament was Mariano Rivera, but you’ll notice his name isn’t on this year’s list.
“I don’t think he did as well, but I don’t want to throw him under the bus,” Teixeira said. “At pool, he was definitely head and shoulders above the rest, but these arcade games leveled the playing field a little. I won’t throw anybody else under the bus, but I’ll admit the race car game was a little difficult and I finished last in my heat.”
Obviously all of this is light-hearted and a bit goofy, but that’s kind of the point. These players have the next eight months to be New York Yankees. Today, they didn’t really have to be.
“It was a great day,” Teixeira said. “The fact that we get three or four hours not to have to worry about baseball and not have to compete on the baseball field, it was fun. Playing video games, we felt like kids again. It promotes a light-hearted atmosphere.
“The great thing about this kind of atmosphere is that there’s no veterans or rookies, starters or role players, Triple-A or Single-A; everyone is on the same playing field. We’re all having fun, really kind of letting our hair down and getting to know each other without competing on the field.”