Nearly two weeks after his abrupt resignation as manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington revealed the reason for his decision in a brief press conference this afternoon.
He had been unfaithful to his wife of 42 years. His wife Gerry stood by his side during the press conference.
They were married on September 16, 1972. That was the day I was born.
It’s difficult for me to imagine being married to someone for 42 years and two days much less being alive for that period of time.
I do know that when it comes to marriage that familiarity breeds contempt. This contempt sometimes leads to infidelity. Many a married man and woman commit adultery without a smidgen of remorse. Others become contrite when caught, but cannot or will not stop their behavior. This is especially so with public figures.
Judging by the suddeness of his resignation and the manner in which he disclosed his reason, it would appear this was the first time Washington was unfaithful and that he was so overwhelmed with guilt that he could not continue to manage the Rangers. Washington left the job he loved so he could save his union with the woman he loves. Forty-two years of marriage isn’t enough for Washington. He wants to remain with his wife until death does them part. Now that he has gone public, It appears that his wife is prepared to give him a second chance. Let us wish them well.