GLENDALE, Ariz. — The team of Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager won the annual clubhouse ping pong championship this morning. The bracket-style tournament began with random pairings. The southpaw champions didn’t choose each other, nor did the left-handed Coulombe and the right-handed Turner.
Kershaw is known to take these things seriously. Seager is an unknown in the realm of ping-pong. Clearly, Team Turner-Coulombe had the support of the clubhouse. Teammates booed every point by Kershaw and Seager, and cheered every point by Turner and Coulombe. I believe the final score was 19-14, sealed by an unreturnable Kershaw forehand. It was a glorious moment for Kershaw, an awkward moment for Seager (the boos weren’t his fault) and a bonding moment for everyone. Darwin Barney even had a blown-up photo of Turner’s head, which he propped up to a stick and waved around in support of his red-haired teammate.
Here are the lineups for today’s 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch: