An Ode

Wash
It’s hard to have a middle-of-the-road opinion on Ron Washington.

Some people love his old-school mentality and passion for the game. Others scoff at his stubbornness and perceived ignorance. 


Personally, I fall into the former camp. I’ve never pretended to be anything other than a Wash apologist. His decisions might occasionally leave me scratching my head, but I’ve always maintained that his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses. I still trust and believe in the man.

And while some may grumble and gripe that he doesn’t manage his team the way
they would manage it, there is one thing that no one can take away from Ron
Washington.

The wins.

Last Sunday (August 4th) Wash passed Bobby Valentine and became the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. (Last season he passed the legendary Johnny Oates, who is now in 3rd behind Bobby V.)

Wash has also won division titles (2), playoff games (18), playoff series (4), and
pennants (2). Throw in his 582+ regular season wins and you’ve got the most
successful skipper to ever steer the ship.

Of course, it isn’t my place to scold the haters. You can criticize Wash’s lineups
or bullpen management if you want. You can make fun of the way he talks or some
of his past indiscretions too, even if it is in poor taste.

I, for one, will salute the man for his love of the game, his loyalty to his players, and – most of all – for the winning.

Press on, Ron Washington.

Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @twbbg.
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