DALLAS — Rangers manager Ron Washington was honored in downtown Dallas with the Pat Summerall Humble Beginnings Award benefiting the Austin Street Shelter.
Washington just returned from a 10-game road trip with the Rangers where they won only four games, a humbling experience in itself.
"I think I have a good feel for what players are feeling and I just try to help them to do one thing in life that we all want and that's believe and if you believe strong enough good things can happen," Washington said.
But good things have been hard to find lately. Texas is tied for the most unearned runs allowed in the American League this year with 36 errors in 61 games. That's on pace for 96 errors for the season, compared to 70 last year.
"We've been through a 162-game season before, and that's what we're going to do," Washington said. "The key is to win as many game as you can by the time the season is over. We're not going to panic in June."
Just as concerning are the starting pitchers. Washington and his staff have already used seven different starters this year; that's as many different pitchers that he used all of last year, and that number may go even higher this weekend.
"It's like anything else — we'll put it together until it comes back together and we're not going to make excuses and we're not going to complain," Washington said. "We're just going to show up and try to be the best we can on that day."
Washington told the crowd that he accepts full responsibility for his ball club, whether they win or lose.
"In this game, it sits on a 360=degree circle," Washington said. "Whatever you experience on one end of the circle, you'll experience again. The game keeps bringing it back. That's the beauty of it. That's the way baseball go."