MIAMI -- All the pep talks and words of encouragement are comforting, but success ultimately will create some peace of mind for the Marlins.
Juan Pierre, the team's steady 35-year-old left fielder, says words only go so far. Ultimately success will help the team to relax.
"From personal experience, you don't ever fully relax until you get a hit," Pierre said. "You can use all the tactics that you want to, and say, 'Don't press.' I'm a little bit better now, but it's still the same effect with me."
Under first-year manager Mike Redmond, and hitting coach Tino Martinez, the players are prepared and hungry to pick up some wins.
"You want to see these kids do well, and see Red do well and Tino do well," Pierre said. "You want everybody to do well. It's just a human tendency. I'm guilty of it. I go up saying, 'I have to get on base.' I fall into that rut now.
"I think the more you play, the more you realize you don't have to do everything. You just do what you know you can do, and let the pieces fall your way. I know when I was younger, I didn't relax until I got hits, or at least we were winning."