When Girardi started this last year I thought it was a phenomenal idea. It served as a time for the all the players to get to know each other. This includes both major league and minor league players. Andy Pettitte last year was paired with Mark Teixeira in the pool tournament. Pettitte said it was a great way to get to know Teixeira as an individual outside of the field. Teixiera himself summed up the event the best.
“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."
I'll leave you with one more picture with Teixeira playing Skeeball with familiar faces Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera in the background.