Playoff success is a confidence game

Rangers need to believe in themselves as they prepare for long-awaited playoff return

Updated: September 16, 2010, 8:59 AM ET
By Jim Reeves | ESPNDallas.com

Only one other manager in the Texas Rangers' long history of skippers has stood in the same place that Ron Washington stands today, and unfortunately, we can't ask Johnny Oates how it felt to be there, on the cusp of reaching the dream of a lifetime.

Oates did it three times in his tenure as Rangers manager, winning the only three division titles in franchise history.

Until now.

If Johnny O. were still here, I know exactly the counsel he would offer Washington as the Rangers ...

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