Field trip over, these Yankees win

Here are the winners and runners-up for this morning’s Yankees arcade events:

Indy car: A.J. Burnett wins; Dana Cavalea second place
Skeeball: Andrew Brackman wins; Eduardo Nunez second place
Pop-a-shot: Royce Ring wins; Mark Melancon second place

tex skeeball.jpgPhoto from the Yankees: Mark Teixeira tries his hand at Skee Ball, as Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero watch.

Here’s some of what Teixeira had to say to the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand, who is acting as the pool reporter for the day:

“It was fun. It was good to have a change of scenery from the pool tournament. It was new and fresh and we enjoyed it.”

“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. Those two were hands-down the best at those two events. Whenever the basket is moving, Royce takes the cake.”

“It was a great day. 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.”

“The young guys probably get into it more than anybody. A big-league clubhouse – especially the Yankees’ clubhouse – can be very intimidating. To go off-site to an arcade and enjoy each other, get to know people not as superstars or as New York Yankees, but just as men, it can easily build friendships.”

EDIT 6:02 p.m.: Feinsand checks in with some quotes from Curtis Granderson…

“I thought it was a great idea to get a bunch of guys coming from different sides, whether it’s their first big-league camp, guys that were acquired through trade or free agency and guys that had been there. For everybody to get a chance to meet up and see everyone outside of the intense training baseball mode, we can see that everybody does laugh and have fun. We’re all big kids.”
“The highlight had to be watching Igawa race on the Indy Car. He kept racing up against the wall and damaging his tires. He wouldn’t move off of it. He had his left hand on the wheel and he was just cruising like nothing was wrong. He was doing that for a good three minutes. Everyone was shouting, ‘Turn left! Turn left!'”
“People forget how long the season is. We have the training part that we’re doing now, then we have 30 or so spring training games and we haven’t even started the season. Then it’s 162 games in the regular season and hopefully the playoffs, then the next thing you know, you’re right back at it in 2011. The actual time away from competition is minimal, so to get a chance to go out and have fun in that large a group, it was a great thing. I’m really glad they did it and I would recommend other teams doing it.”

“Andy Pettitte and I sat there and talked before our Indy Car race, and it had nothing to do with baseball. We split up, were playing different games, then battled again on the Pop-a-Shot. I don’t normally see the pitchers during the day, so to get a chance to do that was well worth it.”
“I struggled in my first round of Pop-a-Shot when it counted on the bracket. When we came back for a side competition, that’s when I dominated.”
“Skee ball was difficult. I used to be good at Skee ball, but I was really disappointed at myself for my performance. I’ll need to go back and figure out this Skee ball machine compared to the ones I used to play.”

mo.JPGAll photos courtesy of the Yankees.


Anyone wishing my full spreadsheet with positions, bats, throws, height, weight, birthdate, and age, E-mail me as below.


Uniform Numbers In Numerical Order
2 Derek Jeter
11 Brett Gardner
12 Mike Rivera
13 Alex Rodriguez
14 Curtis Granderson
17 Kei Igawa
19 Ramiro Pena
20 Jorge Posada
22 Randy Winn
24 Robinson Cano
25 Mark Teixeira
26 Nick Johnson
27 Greg Golson
29 Francisco Cervelli
30 David Robertson
31 Javier Vazquez
33 Nick Swisher
34 A.J. Burnett
36 Edwar Ramirez
38 Marcus Thames
39 Mark Melancon
40 Dustin Moseley
41 Chad Gaudin
42 Mariano Rivera
43 Damaso Marte
45 Sergio Mitre
46 Andy Pettitte
47 Royce Ring
48 Boone Logan
52 CC Sabathia
53 Juan Miranda
60 Jason Hirsh
61 Chan Ho Park
62 Joba Chamberlain
63 Jonathan Albaladejo
64 Andrew Brackman
65 Phil Hughes
66 Reid Gorecki
67 Romulo Sanchez
68 Wilkin De La Rosa
70 Zack Segovia
71 Christian Garcia
72 D.J. Mitchell
73 Jamie Hoffmann
74 Hector Noesi
75 Ivan Nova
76 Reegie Corona
77 Kevin Russo
78 David Winfree
79 Jon Weber
80 Zach McAllister
81 Kevin Whelan
82 Grant Duff
83 Jesus Montero
84 Austin Romine
85 P.J. Pilittere
86 Jeremy Bleich
90 Wilkins Arias
91 Alfredo Aceves
92 Kyle Higashioka
93 Amaury Sanit
94 Eduardo Nunez
95 Jorge Vazquez
96 Ryan Pope
97 Brandon Laird
98 Colin Curtis
99 Jose Gil


MON – MAR – 1 – – – – – –
TUE – MAR – 2 – – – – – –
WED – MAR – 3 – vs Pirates – 1:05 PM – YES/MLBN
THU – MAR – 4 – at Phillies – 1:05 PM – CSN/MLBN (tape delay)
FRI – MAR – 5 – vs Rays – 1:05 PM – YES/MLBN
SAT – MAR – 6 – vs Blue Jays – 1:05 PM – WWOR(My9)/MLBN
SUN – MAR – 7 – at Twins – 1:05 PM – –
I’m not sure what will happen with MLBN this year. Last year’s listed game were blacked out in the NY market.


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