The words are flowing quickly from George Brett's mouth. The greatest player in Royals history can't stop talking about winning baseball in Kansas City.

It's a cold January afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, small pockets of snow still covering parts of the parking lot, and Brett finally has to lean over a bit and catch his breath.

He's saying the same names and phrases you've heard before.

Eric Hosmer can be a star. And the young left-handed pitchers can turn into studs. And guys like Johnny Giavotella and Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez can win with talent AND chemistry.

"What were they doing in Double-A two years ago?" Brett says. "They were voted the best (darn) team in all of minor-league baseball."

Brett, of course, is talking about the core that led the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals to the Texas League title in 2010. The same core that showed up in Kansas City last summer — but not before staying at Class AAA Omaha long enough to play for a team that would win another minor-league title.

"They know what it's like to win," Brett says. "They know what it feels like to win. They know what it takes to win."