The walk from the Nationals clubhouse to the field is nothing special, but for the team, every step belongs to a World Series champion.
"So many emotions this off season," said Max Scherzer, Nationals pitcher. "Being so close a few times and grinding with this group, so many heartbreaks in this clubhouse - to finally get the ring and to be on top, words don't describe that feeling."
"Once you get a taste of that, playoff baseball, a world series championship, you just want more of it," said Sean Doolittle, Nationals pitcher. "That becomes the driving force through out the off season workouts."
The 2019 champs didn’t just field questions about the World Series. After all they do share a training complex with the Houston Astros, who were caught cheating, stealing signs. It was just a topic that the media couldn’t ignore.
"I think about the pitchers who have to stand up in front of their lockers after games, searching for answers after they just got hit around. I don't know if a lot of people realize what that does to a pitcher, especially a reliever," said Doolittle.
"I talked to a lot of players today and said hey lets just focus on us and now worry about anything else that goes on," said Dave Martinez, Nationals manager. "I've said that before, it's all about what we do. I wake up everyday going 1-0 and that message doesn't change."