In ESPN The Magazine's MLB Preview, Howard Bryant writes that Ron Washington and the Rangers won't forget how they lost the World Series -- but they won't relive it every day, either.
The stakes are higher for Rangers manager Ron Washington than they are for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa because Washington must overcome perceptions about his competence.
San Francisco will always have the 2010 World Series championship to celebrate. But the rest of us should remember baseball the way it was in 2010, because it might never be the same.
He's faced public scorn and a private hell, and Ron Washington is still beating himself up for that positive drug test. His success story is a sports rarity: Survival by accountability.
Ron Washington kept his job managing the Rangers despite testing positive for cocaine. Baseball again struggles with its drug message, caught between compassion for an individual and past inaction.
Rangers manager Ron Washington is in the final year of his contract and, despite having his team in first place, he's been given no assurances that he'll get an extension.