Andrew Brackman, no doubt, is under verbal assault as we write. At the arcade on Tuesday, he did win an event but it wasn't the one thought to be in his wheelhouse, so to speak.

Brackman, who played a full season of ACC basketball his freshman year at NC State (he was injured during his sophomore season), won the Skee-Ball portion of the three-event competition. Royce Ring took home the title in Pop-A-Shot. A.J. Burnett won in IndyCar racing.

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“It was fun," Mark Teixeira told the Daily News' Mark Feinsand, who served as a pool reporter for the beat reporters and talked to Teixeira over the phone afterward. "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.”
“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.”
Teixeira said an outing like this helps put everyone on the same level.
“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," he said. "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.”