Nationals get 1st real taste of 'Mattitude'

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - It was the day "Mattitude" was born.

Thursday was the first Washington Nationals full squad workout under new manager Matt Williams.

A week of working with pitchers and catchers had already spread the word that he's big on structure on motivation. Now everyone has had a taste of it for themselves.

Before the players took the field, a projection screen was brought into the clubhouse so that the new "defensive coordination" coach Mark Weidemaier could explain how to field a bunt.

Watching the workouts, there was a fan wearing a Nationals jersey with the word "Mattitude" - a spinoff of the marketing slogan "Natitude."

Outfielder Denard Span said Williams' message was: "We don't want any teams to like to see us on the schedule."


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