Full squad workouts underway in Viera
VIERA, Fl. -- The 2015 Nationals Spring Training is now officially in full swing as the first full squad workouts took place on Thursday. The players rotated from field to field doing fielding drills and then taking batting practice.
Matt Williams had one word to describe the workout: eupeptic.
That’s right, eupeptic. Have you heard of it?
It means cheerful, optimistic.
Before everyone was eupeptic, Williams addressed his entire team for the first time this morning and his message was simple.
“It was just to stay with the process,” Williams said. “We have a process here that has garnered us
some success. What that is is diligence with which we go about our work, and attitude of 'it’s important to us.' Everything we do on the field is important.”
Williams also had written a message for the day on the bulletin board for the players to see as they entered the clubhouse this morning: “The road to the World Series starts today.”
Why did he do that?
“Because that’s what
we want to do,” he said. “We’re here to get to that ultimate goal. We’re not alone; there are 29 other teams that have the same thought. That being said, I want to make sure that we understand that’s our goal. That is our goal to be the last one standing at the end of it.
He understands that there is a lot of work to be done in meantime but wants his players to know that he is here for one reason.
We'll find out in eight months at the conclusion of the journey that began today.