Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Wash: 'We won't go 0-162. Guaranteed.'
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the comments of former Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler won't impact his team.
The skipper was asked about Kinsler's comments in an ESPN The Magazine article. Kinsler said in the story: "I hope they go 0-162. "I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass."
Washington's response: "We won't go 0-162. Guaranteed."
The manager went on to add: "We've got to take this and deal with reality. We're not a bad team."
Washington said he talked to Kinsler shortly after the trade. And Kinsler mentions Washington in the article as someone he will miss.
"He was a big part of our championship run," Washington said.
Washington also defended general manager Jon Daniels, whom Kinsler calls a "sleazeball" in the ESPN The Magazine story.
“To me, Jon Daniels has been one of the best general managers in the game and everything that he’s ever done, he’s done it simply because it’s going to make our team better," said Washington, who was Daniels' first managerial hire as the GM in 2007. "That’s where his head is and that’s where his head has always been and it’s a shame when you get an opinion out there and people are going to take it as if it’s reality and run with it.”
Washington made it clear that the organization is on the same page.
“We are united here in Texas," Washington said. "We are united.”