"He's been here the longest," Shane Victorino said. "He's been on these teams. He knows what this team features. He's probably comparing us to teams in the past, and that's why he can make a statement like that. I [thought] that was just confidence that he's trying to build around."Or words from a player willing to lead. "I'll let him do all the talking," Ryan Howard said. "He's been here the longest where he can do that. Everybody sets out in Spring Training to want to go to a World Series, and everybody can say it, but the teams that believe it and expect it are the teams that get there." Howard continued: "The thing with teams that are always in the playoffs every year is they expect to be there. I think that's what he meant. We have to expect to be there and believe we can be there. I don't think he's trying to come off as cocky." Big crowd: A large crowd showed for the first full-squad workout at Bright House Networks Field. "It was great to see that kind of support," Aaron Rowand said. "They're excited and so are we." Quotable: "Losing never enters the conversation -- you never talk about it. Talking about negative stuff doesn't make you better. It's about positive stuff, what we have to work on, and what we need to do in order to win. It's no different this year than it has been in the past. We're concentrating now on getting as prepared as we can for the season." -- Rowand, on what needs to be done for upcoming season Philling in: Several members of the media are expected to take batting practice on Wednesday, after the workouts. Manuel and hitting coach Milt Thompson are expected to pitch. "Some of you guys better bring helmets," Manuel joked. "Leave those pens at home." ... Pitchers will throw live batting practice on Wednesday.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.