ARLINGTON, Texas -- Before Game 5, Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked about his "unorthodox" managing style. The words unorthodox being that of the questioner and not my opinion. He went into a decently long answer about being aggressive, knowing his team and following his gut. Then he dropped a truth bullet.
"I'm not as dumb as people think I am," Wash said.
Everybody laughed, as if Wash had told a joke.
Why, I do not know. What I know about Wash is depictions of him as a glorified mascot, a baseball-book buffoon, as incapable of matching "a wit" with the best baseball supposedly has to offer in St. Louis' Tony La Russa, as a beneficiary of a talented lineup and a genius front office do actually bother him. And rightfully so.
So now, as Ron Washington's Rangers stand a single W away from winning a World Series a feat no Texas manager of any orthodoxy (by the book, by the gut, by the seat of his pants) has accomplished it is time to praise the genius of being dumb.