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Rangers embody Washington's essence

Manager's perspective and focus have helped turn Rangers into consistent winners

Updated: September 30, 2011, 2:53 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When you've nearly drowned in the Arkansas River, forging a professional baseball career doesn't seem quite so daunting. When you've nearly tossed away your managerial career with a cocaine dalliance, ignoring critics becomes pretty easy.

This is why Ron Washington doesn't care what we say. Or think.

Washington's life has been a challenge virtually from the day he emerged from his mama's womb, whether it was navigating the streets of inner city New Orleans as a ...

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