Back in 2009, Texas Rangers baseball manager Ron Washington failed a drug test. It was cocaine.
In an upset, the team DIDN’T fire him.
The reason had little to do with tolerance or foresight: The Rangers were about to go bankrupt and Washington was cheaper to keep than fire.
But it’s still proven to be a very profitable choice.
The Rangers just won their first playoff series in franchise history, and Times columnist Harvey Araton is certain the whole our-manager-just-got-busted-for-cocaine thing brought the team together:
NYT: Admittedly embarrassed, painfully remorseful, Washington walked into the clubhouse on that March day, spoke his piece and opened the floor to questions.…What ensued was a season of group hugs, of devotion to the rail-thin, bespectacled Washington.
“Let me help you — that’s our mantra around here,” Washington said.
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