It's hard to say what it is that brings a team together, finally - almost always it's a combination of factors and faces.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney have been their usual selves this spring, loosening up new players - hello, Milton Bradley! - relaxing young pitchers and older coaches.
Don Wakamatsu gave his players time to play into shape, work through the dull early games when the last five innings were mostly AA players. When he asked the Seattle Mariners to tighten up their game, they responded and have gone 2-0 since.
In part, that's keeping more regulars in the game for longer stretches, in part its a bunch of guys used to responding to every manager about this time of year.
But this team has watched Jose Lopez willingly switch positions, seen Chone Figgins take on a spot foreign to him, observed Bradley, Figgins and Casey Kotchman - new Mariners, all - start work early and go hard all day, every day.
Wakamatsu's staff, from Rick Adair and John Wetteland to the invisible Alan Cockrell - he's always in the batting cage with somebody - is always available. Want extra ground balls? Mike Brumley is ready. Fly balls? There's Lee Tinsley.
These guys talk to the players, from 6:30 a.m. right through one-on-one dinners.
When Cliff Lee went down, no Mariner player had a woe-is-us comment. No excuses offered or accepted.
The next cuts come Wednesday, and the roster is set except for a bullpen spot and that last starting pitcher. The Seattle Mariners know they won't break camp invincible, they won't score runs in huge bunches - they'll have to steal some and manufacture others.
Somewhere in the last few days, though, the 2010 Mariners have become a group of players with a sense of direction. They've crossed that line from who's-that-kid-over-there to being a big-league team.
Jack Zduriencik supplied the parts, the staff - and those personalities - put them together. What's emerged is a group that will be fun to watch, and a factor in the American League West.