With the Yankees only one day away from the start of their exhibition season, Joe Girardi decided to take the team on a field trip. 66 players went to a video arcade for some fun and friendly competition away from the baseball diamond. Last year the manager scheduled a similar outing, taking the team to a pool hall. That trip was a huge success and a great bonding session, so it was decided to keep the tradition going. Today's event was set up as an Olympic style arcade game competition. Bombers Beat has the winners and results, along with some great quotes - apparently A.J. Burnett is unbeatable at video game indy car racing.
LoHud has a very amusing anecdote involving Kei Igawa's video game prowess and a lot of great pictures from the outing.
Joba Chamberlain is suffering from flu-like symptoms, he skipped his bullpen session and was unable to go to the arcade. It doesn't sound too bad though and he's still on track to start on Friday.
The team is very confident heading into tomorrow's game against the Pirates. All eyes will be on starters Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves in order to see if anyone gains any ground in the fifth starter competition. LoHud also has the full list of available bullpen pitchers. Be sure to keep a close watch on who slots into the two, five, six and seven slots in the batting order and how each performs.
A complete list of probable pitchers for the first three spring games was announced.
Bill Madden wrote an excellent piece on longtime trainer Gene Monohan, who is battling a serious illness and is under intense medical care at his home. Madden notices an "emptiness" to this year's camp due to Monohan's absence and everyone is praying that he makes it back soon.
Chad Jennings sits down for five questions with 28-year-old right hander Jason Hirsch. Hirsch is a very intriguing arm in the Yankees system right now. I see a lot of potential, but injuries have been a concern for the past few years. Watch him this spring to see if he looks fully healthy.
The field trip today might have slowed the news reports down, but there's still a LoHud notes from Tuesday.