Only one other manager in the Texas Rangers' long history of skippers has stood in the same place that Ron Washington stands today, and unfortunately, we can't ask Johnny Oates how it felt to be there, on the cusp of reaching the dream of a lifetime.
Oates did it three times in his tenure as Rangers manager, winning the only three division titles in franchise history.
If Johnny O. were still here, I know exactly the counsel he would offer Washington as the Rangers prepare to dive into their final stretch of 17 games to polish off this historic season.
Stay the course.
Hold it steady.
Finish the job.