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Friday, November 18, 2011
Manager's visit with Rick Carlisle inspirational

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington got an invite from lockout-bound Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to stop by the American Airlines Center, visit and talk some shop.

Carlisle has been something of a DFW pro sports ambassador this extended offseason. He's visited with Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and his staff, sitting in on meetings and film sessions, and he did the same with Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan and his staff. So, after the Rangers lost the World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Carlisle, a good friend of Tony La Russa, was in St. Louis for Games 6 and 7 -- the Mavs coach invited Washington to stop by.

"He's a champion. I want to see how champions do things," Washington said Friday in his first media availability since the World Series. "So I went over. I had a good time."

Back in town for a few days before heading back to New Orleans for Thanksgiving, Washington took him up on the offer Thursday and he found the visit to be rather inspirational.

"What I learned when I went over there yesterday is how to continue to hope, how to continue to believe, how to continue to keep working so when things do come together you're ready and prepared," Washington said. "That's what it's all about."

Washington said he and Carlisle's staff sat around a table and talked a lot of basketball and baseball. The manager said Carlisle and his coaches continue to work even though the lockout persists with no end in sight.

"At least hey're still meeting, they're still putting stuff on boards, they're still talking about basketball," Washington said.