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Ron Washington's instincts paying off

Rangers manager using more than numbers to outshine Cardinals' Tony La Russa

Updated: October 25, 2011, 4:33 AM ET
By Jim Reeves | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony La Russa is one of the best managers in the game and has been for years. They're holding a spot for him at Cooperstown. Tony Genius doesn't make mistakes. Just ask him.

Yet, the future Hall of Famer wasn't even the best manager on the field Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Instead, that distinction belonged to the sunflower-seed popping, ultra-passionate baseball lifer in the other dugout, the eternal underdog from Louisiana. He's the guy with ...

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