"Just getting used to your surroundings, and I'd say wanting the ball to come to you, is really important," Mancini said. "[Vice president of baseball operations] Brady [Anderson] and Kirby told me this in spring training, that there's a tendency to zone out a little bit because there are times when you can go several innings without getting any action. You've got to be ready every pitch, and think the ball is coming to you every time and want to make a play. I wouldn't say that I didn't do that in April, but I would definitely say I was a little more tentative out there, a little more nervous. And now I want the ball to come to me every time and want to make a play."