Ok, definitely NOT a DFW sports figure, but this Rangers’ World Series nemesis most deservedly gets a nod for what he did to us in Game 4 of the World Series.
Yeah, yeah, 2010 was a bust for him after a great 2009 campaign, but he’s the best DFW #39 I could come up with.
This laughing Ron Washington image is almost becoming iconic here in Rangerdom. There’s a t-shirt that Josh Hamilton wore once that had laughing Ron on the front with the words “University of Washington”. I want that shirt.
Rogers did two tours with the Rangers, one in the mid-nineties, one in the mid-aughts. This pic is from the perfect game he threw on July 28, 1994, the year Rangers Ballpark opened.
By now, most of you have probably read the news that Rangers manager Ron Washington has admitted to doing some blow during the 2009 season, done the “I’m very sorry” thang, and has Nolan & co “standing behind him” on the issue.
Which is fine with me, your friendly neighborhood Rangers blogster because honestly, I don’t give a flip what Ron or anyone else does in their spare time. As long as Ron isn’t coked up during game time, I don’t give a shiite, it’s no different than him getting drunk on his own time vs. being drunk in the dugout.
That’s all I really have to say on the matter…I’ll spare your my libertarian rant on the miserable failure known as the “War on Drugs”.
Picture of Ron Washington by Ron Jenkins of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
I’m stunned. Ron Washington made only one…check that, two managerial screw-ups during the Rangers two-of-three series win in Mordor:
1. During the first game, he brought in Jason Grilli in a pressure situation, too soon off the DL…EXACT same mistake he made with Grilli in Tampa over the weekend.
2. He did not have Frank Francisco sufficiently warmed up to replace Grilli when Grilli started getting hammered in the ninth. Subsequently, Frankie got hammered. Fortunately, a lousy bunt by Nick Swisher and a timely line-drive double-play to Elvis Andrus ended the meltdown and the Rangers came away with a win (even though I’m pretty sure Hairston was safe there at second).
But I suppose I’m being too nit-picky. The visiting boys in blue ended up taking the series from the dreaded New Yorkers, so I can’t complain too much (which is a lie, those of you that frequent this here blog know better).
While listening to yesterday’s series finale, I was actually nodding in agreement with Wash’s decision to put Grilli in the game, despite Grilli’s less-than-desirable previous two outings. See, in the last two outings, Grilli had JUST come off the DL, and Wash stuck him in two consecutive PRESSURE situations, which I thought was stupid. I felt Grilli needed to work his way back slowly before getting thrown to the wolves. So how was yesterday’s THIRD consecutive pressure sitch any different? Easy, despite the ill-advised timing of the previous outings, Grilli DID get in the work needed for the THIRD pressure sitch…and boy did he kick some buttocks: 2+ inning of lights-out, Mordor-thumping goodness. Nice comeback Jason!
1. Jon Daniels (Rangers GM) and/or Ron Washington for DFAing Jason Jennings after he got bludgeoned by the Yanks during Wednesday night’s 9-2 loss. Nothing personal against JJ, but he has really looked bad the last month or so…he needed to go.
2. Ian Kinsler for at last breaking out of his pop-up slump and for “popping-up” two into the Yankees overpriced left-field bleachers.
3. Josh Hamilton for that awesome 4 hit night on Tuesday. I just wish the power-hitting Hambino would resurface.
4. Chris Davis for having a great attitude during his last two months down at Triple-A OKC. He went down there, got his swing back, and immediately made an impact during this NY series. That recovery/ball backflip play to Grilli was f’n awesome too!
5. The Rangers Bullpen – Grilli, CJ, and Frankie pitched kick-a$s, lights-out ball yesterday contributing to that impressive 7-2 win.
6. The ChiSox and A’s for offing the BoSox and Los Anaheim last night, helping the Rangers get back to within 1.5 of the WC and 4 in the AL West.
7. Tampa for taking the night off and allowing an additional half-game pickup on them in the WC race. Yes, we’ll take every inch we can get.
Despite last night’s anemic offense, things were looking good for the Texas Rangers going into the 9th with a 2-0 lead against the Oakland A’s:
* Starter Dustin Nippert, filling in for staff ace Kevin Millwood who is out with a very literal pain-in-the-a$s, pitched another sterling 5 innings of one-hit ball. Check.
* Much heralded Rangers pitching prospect Neftali Feliz, the final piece of the blockbuster Mark Teixera trade, entered the game in the 6th, struck out the first four batters he faced with a devastating 100+ mph fastball, and retired all six batters he faced. Ranger fans finally got a look at what the front office has been slobbering over all season…and rightfully so. Awesome debut for Feliz. Check.
* Frank Francisco needed some work as he makes his way back to the closer role, so in he comes into the 8th, though I’d have loved to see more of Neftali Feliz. Franky pitches pretty good, but his pitch count was up, so bring in Eddie G against a left-hand batter. Fair enough, we need to ease Franky back in. Check.
* Righties coming up, bring in Darren O’Day, who has been pitching lights-out ball lately. O’Day gets us out of the eighth. Check.
Bring O’Day back for the ninth, he gets his man. He’s pitching lights-out ball again, so let him close out the game, Check? NO. Instead, Ron Washington decides to keep playing it by the book and opts to bring in CJ Wilson for the lefty-lefty, by-the-book move with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 9th.
Nothing against CJ, he’s been as good a closer as you can find of late, but I was SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS when Wash yanked O’Day just for the lefty-lefty move!! And guess what happened? The A’s pinch-hit two right-handed batters to face CJ, and ultimately, walk off with a 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Wash, sometimes you gotta set down the book, leave your “lights-out” guy in the game, and go with the flow. With the Angels destroying every team in their path, ya just gotta sweep cellar-dwelling teams like the A’s and WIN these tight games.
Oakland 3 Texas 2 – games like these are why the Rangers will not make the post season this year.