We all know Ron Washington as the Rangers manager who hails from New Orleans and dances around the dugout when his team is rounding the bases. This is the Ron Washington we see, but from what I’ve noticed and heard during the playoffs, Wash is much more than that. He has more than earned the respect of his front office, his team and his fans. And if you really listen to what he has to say and how he says it — there is a lot to be learned.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know a lot about Wash before this post season. I knew he took the Rangers to the World Series last year, had a incident with drugs the year before and was well-liked in baseball circles. There is also an actor who portrays Washingon in the movie “Moneyball” (Wash was a coach in Oakland for years). He also played 10 seasons in the Majors with Los Angeles, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston. But what really stands out to me about Ron Washington is how he conducts himself. He is a simple person who believes in people. He puts his player in a position to be successful — and not one has a bad thing to say about him. After Game 5, a reporter asked him why he left C.J. Wilson in the game after a tough 1st inning and he said that he (C.J) kept them in a position to win. He was right! Wash didn’t see the bad, but the good in the situation (even though most of us were screaming at home to take him out.) The same question was asked when Alexi Ogando struggled. Wash said he’s a warrior and he wanted him to fight through it. Whether it be a boss, a friend or a co-worker, everyone needs someone to believe in them.
I believe in Wash and the Rangers. And I really hope they can win one more game and bring home a World Championship. I really want it for Wash, a man who has proven that nice guys can finish first. And next time you hear him speak, really listen to his incredible words of wisdom. He really impressed me!