"It didn't really feel any different than before, because I'm still around all the same people that I was around before," Hays said recently at the Baysox’s hot stove luncheon. "They all still treat me the same way. Nothing has changed. ... I've always taken pride in surrounding myself with good people that work hard and hold me accountable with everything — working hard, showing up, being on time. I'll always continue to do that, and that's what I've done this offseason — surround myself with good people."