Rangers Rely On Experience To Deal With Clubhouse Rat

Dishonesty. Breach of trust. Jeopardizing a franchise’s reputation. Yep, the Texas Rangers have been through this before.

Right, Ron Washington?

The knee-jerky, emotional reaction to an employee covertly taping the manger’s profanity-laced speech before Game 7 of the World Series was that it was a “fireable offense!” I’ve heard media blowhards and fan diehards alike scream that the employee — who then emailed the secret sound to a close acquaintance who then… and so on and so on and so on until it landed on a website and quickly went viral — violated the sanctity of the clubhouse. That his actions were inexcusable and unforgiveable, because it compromised the skipper and the 25 players in that room.

Totally agree. Except he shouldn’t be fired.

Why? Because taping a locker room speech pales in comparison to deciding to snort a line(s) of cocaine during the season.

You’re going to say that what Washington did in the summer of 2009 only affected him, and you’re unequivocally wrong. In making his dumb decision to do illegal drugs, the manager breached the trust of his players, his front office and his fans. He gets caught in the act, goes to jail in handcuffs and it not only derails a baseball season but smears the franchise’s reputation forever. It’s just irrational to try to convince yourself that Washington’s cocaine trip didn’t negatively affect his players.

And for it, he offered to resign. I thought at the time and still maintain that he should have been fired.

He wasn’t. Though we may not have forgotten, we’ve all forgiven Washington and he’s recovered to lead Texas to consecutive World Series.

In light of his story, how can you call for an employee to be fired for a bad decision? Washington is the leader of the team, the overseer of the clubhouse and the team’s prime day-to-day decision maker. The employee? Countless rungs down, if he’s even on the ladder.

General manager Jon Daniels will only confirm that the rat isn’t a player. By all accounts the employee has been reprimanded, but not fired.

“I’d fire him, no questions asked,” says Texas Motor Speedway president and general manager Eddie Gossage. “You can’t violate the trust of the inner circle. Whoever did this is lucky the Rangers have their management style, but I wouldn’t be near so kind. On trust issues with your employees, I’m black and white.”

I loved Washington’s speech. It’s a sign of how he deftly manages his team. In the wake of an epic Game 6 loss and minutes before a Game 7, he has players laughing and relaxed. And, for what it’s worth, I’m pleasantly surprised that the Bible Belt isn’t up in arms about Washington’s extra salty language. The Rangers are the Metroplex’s cute, cuddly, family-oriented team and I betcha more than a couple fans were shocked to hear a couple GD’s, too many F’s count and even the Cardinals portrayed as C-Suckers.

Just a couple of questions in the wake of the incident:

Anybody know Tom Hicks’ whereabouts at the time of the taping?

And it’s justified that the culprit — rat fink that he is — didn’t get fired. Because we all make mistakes. Some bigger than others. Right, Ron Washington?

  • Chanel

    First off Washington has a disease and he didn’t fall off the wagon with any ill intention. This that recorded knew exactly what he was doing and did it knowingly he was going to show people. There is 2 big difference in what each did. Washingtons was a mistake. He did not breach the trust of his players. They rallied to help him. This guy recorded something and released it on purpose and that does breach the trust of everyone involved not just players but everyone up the chain.

  • Ronald Lee

    Hey Richie, how many are too many f’s?

  • Richie's Cowboys prostate massaging

    And he’s back to hating the Rangers once again. I knew it was just a matter of time. When they maked the playoffs AGAIN next year you’ll be back to being a lifelong fan

  • Lisa

    Richie Whitt sucks!!

  • Petite Pam in Pantego

    I see the blog is going well. Averaging 3 comments, cbs must be proud

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  • Name that Dude Singing Like a Rolling Stone


    I am affraid to comment on your article that was very well written and award winning. I think if we the former trollers of the DO Sportatorium are being held at bay with our true throughts with your new found Big Brother. I think Ron Washington is the greatest manager ever. I am so glad the we live in the Bible Belt. I am so glad Eddie G is so well thought out in his opinions. I also think Eddie G looks like someone who used to wrestle in the Sportatorium on Saturday nights. I think I saw him wrestle the Great Kabuki one night and he got green mist sprayed in his face for the loss. I’m sorry Richie. Big Brother has my head all fogged up right now.



  • Tanisha Cook

    First of all it was a private conversation so it wasn’t to be heard by everyone. Your going to tell me that you’ve never cursed before? Please, everyone does and that’s why it shouldn’t be a big deal. No one cares, just look at all the other articles about it. The media just needs something else to write about, must be a slow week. No one said anything when Chris Carpenter was constantly dropping f-bombs on live television during the game while children were watching. Everyone needs to get off Washington and the Rangers backs. Go Rangers!

    • underwear thief

      what color panties hunny?

  • Jeff

    Oh, Richie.

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