'Reality check' is theme of Rangers' meeting

'Reality check' is theme of Rangers' meeting

'Reality check' is theme of Rangers' meeting
ANAHEIM -- Late in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday, a female fan sitting in the stands handed manager Ron Washington a hand-written letter. Washington put it in his pocket and didn't read it until well after his postgame team meeting.

"What she wrote in her letter was the same things I had just said," Washington said before Sunday's game with the Angels.

Washington doesn't call many postgame meetings. But Washington said he was going to hold one after Saturday's game even if the Rangers had rallied to beat the Angels.

"The things we're doing, that's not us," Washington said. "We're better than that. We've got to get back to where we were at. If we make the plays we're supposed to make, I'll take our chances."

Washington said the purpose of his meeting was to bring his players "back to reality." Infielders Ian Kinsler and Michael Young also spoke, as did first-base coach Gary Pettis.

"I'm not one to throw stuff," Washington said. "I don't rant and rave and turn things over. I played the game, I understand what those guys are feeling. I never wanted anybody to turn anything over on me. The whole point is a reality check. Things happen, so you've got to take care of them and fix them. I just had to step in and make sure we do that.

"Will you see results? I hope you do. You can't turn this game on or off. But the message has been sent. It could happen today or tomorrow. In my position, all I can do is send the message."

The Rangers entered Sunday's game on a four-game losing streak, including two to the second-place Angels.

"We're still 3 1/2 games up," Washington said. "They're chasing us, we're not chasing them. We've got to get back to playing our baseball and everything will be fine. We played tight; that's something we haven't done.

"Texas Rangers baseball is pitching, catching the ball, running the bases and executing. That's who we are and that's what we haven't been doing. We'll be better. They have pride and they can play. It's a matter of getting back to it."