NY Mets manager Jerry Manuel (pictured here), who said he thought "all winter along" about "what he would tell the team before the spring's first full-squad workout," focused on the need for "selfless play" in his talk with the players.
According to one Mets player, "It was definitely the best pre-spring-training meeting I’ve ever been part of. Just the confidence, the way he’s trying to get his message across — very believable, very straight to the point, very straightforward. We have one rule here: that’s to win a championship."
Coach Manuel's theme is clear:
"Everything that we do will be designed to bring that cohesiveness, cooperation, altruism, unselfishness. That’s what we do."