In January of 2011, when Dan Uggla signed the contract to be the coach of the Atlanta Braves, he did so because he knew he was signing onto a winning team. In the press conference that followed the signing, Uggla said, "This team is ready to win right now. The core group is going to be here a long time. We have the pieces in place to win for a long time." The core group, to which Uggla referred, had previously known disappointment. But, having endured those trials on the field, Uggla realized they are now ready to win. From the team's past failures, they have learned to go forward.