In what’s become an annual Spring Training tradition for the Los Angeles Dodgers, players were broken into doubles at random for a ping pong tournament that culminated Wednesday with Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager facing Daniel Coulombe and Justin Turner in the finals match.
Kershaw is of course an avid ping pong player; his charity, Kershaw’s Challenge, hosted the Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium last September, which drew plenty of celebrities, teammates and professional athletes.
Despite being considered by many as the best pitcher in baseball, the reigning National League MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner didn’t appear to have the support of his teammates in the finals match. Onlookers, including Darwin Barney and Scott Van Slyke, were vocal in their support of Coulombe and Turner.
Barney went so far as to raise a Turner FatHead of sorts while cheering on the fellow utility man and his finals match teammate. Cheers in support of Coulombe and Turner grew louder with each point from the team, while loud boos fell on Kershaw and Seager whenever they earned a point.
Kershaw appeared to embrace the hostile environment as he and Seager emerged as the champions of the tournament.