More Spring quotes

A few quotes from today’s first full-squad workout…

[on his familiarity with Baltimore baseball]
“I’m learning quick. I’ve always known the history and tradition here. A great tradition. I’ve always heard about how great the fans are. I’m growing to know this team. Buck had a great message last night. I think we’re headed in the right direction.

[On Sunday’s night team movie]
It was awesome. I was ready to fight [Mike] Tyson last night. We didn’t know what to expect. I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s weird, [a] 6 o’clock meeting. ‘ [Buck] had a great message, put the movie clips on, it was pretty good.

I was fired up. I had goose bumps last night. I think we’re going to have to show that movie before Opening Day, too, and maybe after the All-Star break.

[on having the whole team in camp]
The first day is always exciting. This is the time to cross the t’s and dot the I’s, get the little stuff done. It’s not always the most fun part. It’s tedious but it’s needed throughout the season., These next seven to eight day,s we’ll really bear down and get the fundamentals down before we start playing games next week.

[on Sunday’s team activity]
It’s something that I’ve never seen, and I’m sure these guys have never seen unless you’ve been with Showalter before.

[was the message well received?]
Of course it was well received. You got veterans talking about it, along with the younger guys. We’ve got the message.

[on the different atmosphere in the clubhouse]

You walk into the clubhouse you can feel the vibe yourself right? I’ve never honestly walked into a clubhouse and felt that way until I walk[ed] in here. There’s a sense of pride. Everybody knows what’s at stake. We want to go out and stop getting our [butts] kicked and starting kicking people’s [butts]. Point blank.

[on the direction of the Orioles organization]
“For the past two years or so, it’s been going in the right direction, we just haven’t got there yet. We have our young guys up here [now], and we have what we have. They’re here. It’s just a matter of filling in the pieces here and there. We got it this year and we’re looking forward to, I don’t want to say do big things but to go out there and do what we are capable of doing. And hopefully that leads to big things.

[on the vibe around the team]
It’s definitely a different clubhouse from years in the past. Things are going smoothly right now, guys are just getting to know each other, so it’s headed in the right direction.

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