Ron Washington Used Marijuana and Amphetamines During Playing Career
On Thursday Washington revealed that during his playing career, he wasn't exactly unfamiliar with other drugs. Washington admitted to using both marijuana and amphetamines during his ten-year playing career with the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros.
"When you're young you make mistakes," Washington told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I wish I could take back some of the mistakes I made when I was young but you can't."
Now amphetamine use amongst baseball players during the era in which Washington was a player isn't exactly a new phenomenon. Many players have turned to the drug, commonly referred to as "greenies," to help get through the grind of a long season during the history of the game. Still, not many of them have come out and admitted it the day after coming clean about using cocaine.
While there's a lot to admire in a man who is so forthright and honest about mistakes he's made, you do have to question how smart of a decision this is for Washington to make career wise. Yes, the Rangers say now that they have no plans on firing Washington as their manager, and his players are all sticking by their field general, but Washington is also providing a lot of ammunition and cause to be terminated.