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Texas Rangers believed from the start

Manager Ron Washington is proof that first impressions really do mean everything

Updated: October 25, 2010, 1:39 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a three-ring binder that caught Ron Washington's attention as he walked into Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels' office two days after Oakland was eliminated from the 2006 playoffs.

Washington, then a respected third-base coach with the A's known for teaching fundamentals, was invited to interview for the club's managerial opening. And right away, he got the sense that this young GM -- someone nearly half Washington's age -- wasn't messing around.

"It ...

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