Monday, February 23, 2009

Taking It To The Felt

Via PeteAbe, Joe Girardi cancelled the team's workout today and arranged an 8-ball tournament at at local pool hall.
To me, this is a great idea. Right out of the Tom Coughlin playbook. 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.
When Eric Mangini was fired, I recommended that Girardi take a look at the way the Jets and Giants were run and decide which of the coaches he wanted to follow. I think he's headed in the right direction.


  1. Is it at least raining down there? I get the point of the exercise, but wouldn't these guys rather be out in the sunshine playing ball than inside some seedy pool hall for the afternoon?

  2. It doesn't appear to be raining...

    I'm guessing that the players get sick of the day to day grind and the "work" aspect of Spring Training and wouldn't mind getting to do something fun and competitive for a day instead.

  3. But they just got there!!!

    Hey, as long as it leads to a successful season (like the Giants' last year) then it's fine!

  4. My money is on Joba's team winning. A-Rod's team loses in the first round of the playoffs by him scratching on the 8Ball.

  5. Damn, Mo won both of them. I guess he can close out the 8 Ball as well...