Taking the long way

The Rangers won't forget the World Series, but they won't relive it every day either

Updated: August 13, 2012, 8:26 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

SURPRISE, ARIZ. -- Photographs with smiling retirees and young kids during a morning B-game with the White Sox don't obscure the fact that Ron Washington, the manager of the Texas Rangers, has the hardest job in professional sports.

The Rangers were a fingernail length from winning the World Series, one strike away with a two-run lead in consecutive innings, so Washington's spring optimism and assessment of his two-time-defending AL pennant winners is accompanied by another ...

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