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After the morning workout, golf carts were lined up like buses at a wedding waiting for players to hop aboard. Most of them were ready to start early. Reliever Tyler Clippard was the last to arrive at the workout – still very much on time – and received a mock standing ovation for his effort.

Henley even shook off an ominous start when the air horn he sounds to tell players to switch stations malfunctioned. So did a second one. By the end of the day he had six extras in his golf cart. Not all things go as planned. Maybe that’s the first lesson of 2014.

“Sometimes that ball comes up on you a little bit, and you kick it, but you want that next ball hit to you,” Williams cracked. “I’m going to keep that in mind with myself as well. When there’s a hiccup, you just keep going.”