"You have to understand how this team operates," said closer Jim Johnson, one of three All-Stars on last year's squad. "We don't really pay much attention. I mean, we hear a couple things -- there was some motivation given to us by a former Red Sox manager last year, so we hear some things -- but we don't really care what anybody says. We know what we have to do to get ready for the season and what it takes to get to where we want to be at the end of the season."

The motto of the underdog.  We know it all too well from the Stompers.