Leaked Tape Is Not an Embarrassment for Texas Rangers Organization

Devon TeepleAnalyst INovember 9, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers stands on the field during batting practice prior to Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ron Washington’s profanity laced tirade before Game 7 of the 2011 World Series has been leaked on the internet, and by all measures has been creating a buzz. 

Realistically, I am not sure why this is news, however I am guilty by reporting on it. 

According to Yahoo Sports, the organization has launched an investigation to find the employee who leaked it. That right there is the embarrassment, the lack of privacy; an obvious severe lack of judgment.

"It's a private meeting for the team, a privilege to be part of, a privilege to be in the clubhouse and have access to these sort of things and very poor judgment to tape it," Daniels said. "That's not what that the meeting was for. We don't condone that it was taped and we certainly don't condone that it was shared with anybody outside of the group that was down there and intended to hear the meeting." 

I have been reading many responses about the Washington speech, and perhaps this should go down as a breath of fresh air. There are so many closed door meetings in sports that this might actually increase the popularity of Washington and the Rangers franchise. 

Jon Daniels, GM of the Texas Rangers, has a chance to parlay this whole situation into a positive. At this moment, Ron Washington is a man’s man who now can lead almost anyone in to battle. 

It is unfortunate that this “unknown employee” broke the rules. He will obviously be punished, but in the midst of that, flip the switch and make the media work for you, not against you.

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Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals& Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.