VIERA, Fla. — The Nats are coming off a huge season in 2012, raising the bar even higher for the upcoming season.
Fresh off a National League East title, the Washington Nationals are settling into spring training and manager Davey Johnson has adopted a simple yet direct mantra. It's just four words: World Series or bust.
“We have to embrace it,” Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg told WDBJ7’s Travis Wells. Click here to watch the complete interview with Strasburg. “Where we were a couple of years ago, obviously we can focus on last year and how well we did or continue plugging forward. We're all still relatively young and we've all got a lot left in the tank. We're gonna come out guns blazin' and hopefully we'll tackle the challenge.”
Nationals third baseman and former UVA star Ryan Zimmerman said: “It's fun. As a professional athlete that's what you want. It's fun to come into camp with those expectations with the chance to win a hundred games instead of lose a hundred games. We know we have a long ways to go and a lot of work to do. This organization has had some bad teams and some tough times. We've worked really hard to get through that, and now we have a team that is set to be good not only this year but for a long time.”