The buzz surrounding the baseball world yesterday was regarding the Texas Rangers and their manager, Ron Washington. Apparently Mr. Washington used cocaine during the 2009 season and the team felt like no one else needed to know about it until now (Rangers reveal manager's positive test). Washington's punishment for committing this crime... well, there wasn't really a punishment. He didn't get fined, suspended, or even a stern lecture. The only punishment would be from all of the questions that he has to answer now, a half of a year after the incident occurred.
What if the Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, had tested positive for the use of cocaine? I don't feel like the reaction would be as nonchalant. It might be the fact that Gardenhire's major fan base is the Midwest and this area of the country seems to be a little bit more conservative. If this had happen to Gardy, there would be people calling for his head on a stick.
The great thing about the Twins organization is that the fans can feel like they really know who the players and coaches are as people outside of the baseball world. Gardenhire never hides his feelings and the fans can always count on him to be the leader of the team. I am confident that Gardenhire leads the Twins with the highest moral character and this translates on and off the field with the players and coaches.
Thanks Gardy for not using coke.