Did clubhouse chemistry hurt the Phillies in 2013? John Gonzalez asked the question last week.
Indeed it did, Mike Adams admitted in a 1-on-1 interview with CSN's Marshall Harris in the Phillies' clubhouse on Thursday.
In going 73-89, the Phils had a number of significant key players and team leaders injured, and struggled through some lackadaisical play before Charlie Manuel was fired and replaced by Ryne Sandberg.
"Last year we started playing a little more inspired, I think," Adams said of the final two months of the season. "You never want to see a change in coaching staff, your manager or anything like that, but it kind of lit something. Ryne wanted to pull the best out of everybody, and he challenged people, straight-up challenged people.
"I think we really need to build a good clubhouse chemistry with each other. I think that lacked a lot last year, as far as having a group that meshed together, that played together, that played for each other. I think that Ryne, that's part of who he is, he wants to instill that into this ballclub."
For more from Adams -- who is optimistic about being ready for opening day -- see the video above.