Mariano Rivera is not only the greatest closer of all time but a billiards champ as well. He won both tournaments today one with Phil Coke and the other with Andy Pettitte. What is there that Mo can't do well, it doesn't look like anything.
The guys all seemed to have a great time today and I think this will go a long way in helping the players be a closer knit group, great job by Joe Girardi taking a cue from New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin who went through a similar experience in 2007 and lets hope this leads to the same results a title at the end of the season. I am going to post some quotes from the guys below.
Joe Girardi said this " I have never been on a team that has done this before, but I often wondered why." " There's a lot of other sports that do these type of things. We can get away from the park and enjoy each other off the field and get to know each other."
Jorge Posada said this: " It's all about really getting together." " If I was a young man coming on this trip, it's something that you don't see often. You can hang out with the veterans and be away from the field." " Hopefully we start some relationships here and get going. We have a lot of young guys and we need to be on the same page. I think this is going to help us."
Johnny Damon said: " Today is one of those days as a ballplayer you will never forget." I don't think any team has ever really done this. It says a lot about Joe. He knows we have been working hard and he rewarded us."
Big Tex said " It makes you relax and realize we can have fun off the field. Once we get on the field its all business, but we can build some relationships as well." He also said it was the most fun day of spring training in his career. "
I really think this was a great idea by Joe Girardi and shows he knows he had trouble last year with relationships and is going to improve on that, he is a good manager but needs to improve in that way and with the media and so far has done a good job. I think this is going to go a long way with his team.