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“It’s Definitely Good for Us”– New York Yankees Traded Their Bats for Golf Clubs at a Fun Team Bonding Experience

Published 02/26/2023, 8:50 AM EST

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A team is like a musical ensemble, with each member contributing to the harmonious rhythm and flow of the collective sound. If even one player falls out of step, the whole composition can be thrown into disarray. That’s why it’s crucial for team members to find their groove and synchronize with one another. But it’s not all work and no play for the successful teams. Team bonding experiences are just as important as on-field practices and training sessions. Moments of shared fun help build trust and strengthen the bonds between teammates.

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Recently, the New York Yankees took a break from their rigorous training to indulge in some off-campus escapades. Swapping their bats for golf clubs, they hit Popstroke in Lutz, Florida, for a friendly round of golf on Friday.

Nestor Cortes Jr. won the mini-golf game


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The Yankees ace, it seems, traded in his pitching skills for some putting skills. Nestor Cortes emerged as the ultimate champion of the friendly round of mini-golf on the team-bonding outing. He made hole-in-one-shots that in the end made him the victor. Assistant hitting coach Casey Dykes came in second, followed by yet another Yankee pitcher Clarke Schmidt. 

According to Cortes, the Yanks’ bonding golf game was a hole-in-one for the team spirit. The game was more than sinking putts, as it involved a healthy dose of friendly competition and a side of playful banter. And before and after the game, the players gathered around to chat and chow down.


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In his own words, “It’s definitely good for us.” He continued, “I feel like last year we did a good job of that, and it translated all the way into the offseason, where we kept in touch with each other. Every time we had a chance to have a team dinner or hang out at the hotel, I thought that kept us in check and helped us to get to know each other a little more.”


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And all in all, it was a fun day for the New York Yankees. 

Aaron Boone revealed the real reason behind the outing 

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The winner of the Yankees’ mini-golf game, Nestor Cortes, basked in the glory of victory, but it was the team’s manager Aaron Boone, who talked about the real reason for the fun outing. He recognized the value of the game as a chance for the veterans to take the rookies under their wing and create a more relaxed, non-work environment for everyone. 


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For younger players like Anthony Volpe and Oswaldo Cabrera. The off-field experience definitely helped them feel more comfortable and at home within the team. 

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Garima Verma

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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar