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It’s a damned good thing that I don’t own the Texas Rangers baseball franchise.

Ron “Crackhead” Washington would not have gotten the chance to manage Game 7.  He would have been fired tonight.



4 Comments to “On Ron “Crackhead” Washington”


  1. Supreme General Rayegun — October 28, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Wasn’t Washington’s fault completely. His pitchers’ had TWO chances to end the game but failed to produce. THAT is not Washington’s fault IMHO. Not to mention the defense for BOTH teams was shoddy at best, and even I who watch maybe one baseball game a season could see by the third inning that the winner was gonna be whoever could get their defense to stick.

  2. LC Purple Raider — October 30, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    Oh, Jebus Cheeseandcrackers. Let it go.

    He got you to a game 7.

    He got you to 2 World Series in a row.

    I’d take that in a heartbeat. My wife would take that in half a heartbeat.

    BTW: my wife’s team is the Cubs. Consider yourself blessed.

  3. Darth Venomous — October 30, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    Oh, Jebus Cheeseandcrackers. Let it go.

    He got you to a game 7.

    That’s part of the problem.  It shouldn’t ever have gotten that far.  (And please don’t say that you thought Texas had so much as a snowball’s chance of winning the seventh game after that  debacle.)

    But let me ask you a question:

    You’ve got two left-handed pitchers.  One of them got his ass handed to him in Game Three.  Lost his composure after an ump’s shitty call and opened the floodgates.  Didn’t even get out of the sixth.

    The other lefty shut the Cards down the next night.  Cold.  Eight-and-a-third innings of one of the best non-Nolan Ryan pitching performances in Ranger history.

    Now, thanks to the weather, the second lefty will have had full rest in case of a Game Seven.

    Which lefty do you start?

    This is my problem with Ron Washington.  In all his time here, he has never  demonstrated the ability to handle a pitching staff.  Not consistently, anyway.  So here he goes and uses the shutdown lefty in Game Six – not what I’d've done, but Texas is up, and I understand the desire to slam the door on St. Louis.

    So tell me why Washington pulled Holland after only two innings.

    Now.  Fast forward to the 10th.  Texas has just re-taken the lead on Hamilton’s first home run in the playoffs.  The Rangers have been given a reprieve.  Washington again makes an idiotic decision – two, actually.  He pulls Feliz – not the move I’d've made, but if you win, Feliz has all winter to rest, so why not leave your best reliever out there and give him another shot?  But no, Wash has to pull him.

    Enter stupid decision number two.  Washington goes with 41-year-old, soft-tossing lefty Darren Oliver, when he had hard-throwing lefty  Michael Gonzalez left in the pen.  Again, you’re two up, let’s end it there.  But Oliver only got one out. and put the two men on base that wound up re-tying the game.

    And I don’t need to tell you about what Mark Lowe did.

    (EDIT:  And mind you, this is after  Wash has said that, Come Hell Or High Water™, Harrison is his Game Sever starter, No Matter What™.  I knew, as soon as I heard that, that if they didn’t win Game Six, they weren’t gonna win the series.  No.  Rocket.  Science.  Involved.)

    He got you to 2 World Series in a row.

    That’s the other thing.

    This year wasn’t about just getting there.  This year was about winning it.  Last  year was just about getting there.

    And what if Texas somehow lucks out and gets back there a third year in a row?  Will it be okay to have just gotten there?  Been there, done that.  Get there and lose next year, what’s the excuse then?  If I’ve seen the movie twice now and know how it ends, do I really want to see it again?

    I’d take that in a heartbeat. My wife would take that in half a heartbeat.

    BTW: my wife’s team is the Cubs. Consider yourself blessed.

    I understand completely about the Cubbies, but I’m not really concerned about them right now.  (Although, IYAM, they should throw Wrigley’s entire fortune into trying to get there next year, in case the Rangers make it three-in-a-row.)

  4. LC Purple Raider — October 30, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    “I understand completely about the Cubbies, but I’m not really concerned about them right now. (Although, IYAM, they should throw Wrigley’s entire fortune into trying to get there next year, in case the Rangers make it three-in-a-row.)”

    1. Wrigley owning the team was part of the problem, he never spent any money on the team.

    2. The Tribune co, spent just enough money, so that they could put on their financial statements that the Cubs were an entertainment expense.

    3. Ricketts is still trying to make a go of it in an antiquated stadium. Take Ricketts vast fortune and build a baseball palace in the western suburbs and reap the rewards and perhaps a WS will come.

    And I do understand your frustation.



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