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MJH on accountability
Must read article about Wash (and Michael). Here is the link and some of my favorite quotes from it:
"So what I said was this: 'We take our ass-whupping when we get one, and then we focus on giving the other team an even bigger ass-whupping. That's what we do in Texas," Washington said. "And if that criteria doesn't fit you, you can get the hell out of here. And if you don't, I'm going to make sure to get you the hell out of here.' Michael Young came in here and said, 'Wash, that was the best meeting I've ever been a part of,' and I told him, 'The clubhouse is all that matters. If you make sure they get the message we'll be fine.' And he did. That's a leader."
"We didn't meet [as a team] after we won the series. We didn't meet after we clinched the division," Washington said. "[The players] know what they have to do and they don't need me adding to it. Listen, you can't put yourself ahead of the real deal, and the real deal is the players. Let the players be the spokesmen for this team."
"Be tough, play your ass off, and have each other's back at all times," Michael Young said. "Those things never take a day off with this team. It is fun to be a part of that."
What a difference maker attitude is. Never been so proud to be a Ranger fan. Results notwithstanding.
Here is one of the hidden gems that weren't in the exerpt you posted... The last line made me laugh. Love that Wash
"There's a toughness and a mental attitude to this team," Washington said. "We got beat. We didn't throw the ball around and we didn't give them anything and because of that, I said let's take a shower and go back. The next day, they dropped three runs on us, but we caught a break. [James] Shields got a little cocky and we caught a break and it opened up for us. They were on a high, and they beat us, but do I expect them to beat us like that every night? Hell to the [expletive] no.
I wanted to copy and paste the entire thing, but it is a ten minute read or so, but damn well worth it. Thanks again to Jamey Newberg for bringing to my/our attention. The entire article made me smile and giggle. We have arrived boys. And for those who don't think Wash deserves his due, or that Young is not the leader/MVP of this team, or doubt Beltre's contribution in "the room"? Very telling article. I loved it, and it confirms, in my mind, why I love this team and is likely my most favorite Ranger team ever. The Pudge, Juando, Greer, teams are right there though.
Young is not the leader/MVP of this team
I don't doubt that Young is the team's leader. He's definitely not its MVP though.
The over/under on the number of posts tomorrow by Ricky is 50. Get your wahers in by 8AM.
OOPS!! Wagers. Addendum to above post
The wager should be how many screen names you use to insult me without talking one lick about baseball. Joey will block your IP address again, and again, and again.... coward. Not one thread of baseball from you.
Ranger 100 - Then how can he be in the conversation for AL MVP? I don't think he is nor should be, but he is. So you can be in the conversation for the AL MVP, yet not make the team MVP? Do you not realize his value whatsoever?
Please, guys, don't turn this into another fight over who the team MVP is, or whether or not someone is worthy of the league MVP. We've beaten that horse dead, dragged its carcass out, beaten it again, and again.
You're right Andy. It's like talking to baseball infants. When he IS named, they will claim he was their favorite all along. I give up. They have no desire to learn and be educated. They should be in the baseball alternative school.
Go for the record Ricki. Show em!! If Joey is gonna block anyone it ought to be you.You are a joke.
I refer you to the http://www.bbtia.com/commenting-info-and-guidelines/ :
It's really very simple: No ad hominem (personal) attacks, excessive vulgarity, baiting or otherwise abusive behavior will be tolerated. Basically, be civil and respectful towards others.
Thanks badspellr. Now off to read the OP's article, and answer some of Matches questions.
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