He might never be celebrated by George Will, Bill James and other baseball intellects.
Heck, he was the village idiot for using Esteban German as a pinch-hitter in Game 1 – a move that baffled most of us, but had Tony La Russa recalling German’s days as a contact hitter with the Royals and thinking, “Oh no, not him.”
Maybe, as La Russa indicated, the Rangers’ Ron Washington is smarter than you think.
Not always in an Xs-and-Os kind of way – let’s face it, Wash will do some funky things from time to time. But watch the Rangers play, and consider how they rallied against the Cardinals Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.
Simply put, they embodied the spirit of their manager.
That daring on the bases – the steal by Ian Kinsler on the seemingly impenetrable Yadier Molina, the heads-up sprint to second by Elvis Andrus after the Cardinals botched a cutoff – that’s Wash.