Nolan Ryan did something once and it was very important.
Ron Washington was a product of the Kansas City Royals in the 1970s, a team that was particularly hard hit by coke. The prime of his playing career, such as it was, took place in the "love affair" years of the early 80s. He's suggesting today that last summer, at age 57, was the first time he ever tried cocaine. I have no idea what he did back in the 80s, but I'm skeptical. And even if he's telling the truth, his judgment -- based on everything he saw back in the 80s -- is pretty piss poor if you ask me. Cocaine came closer to destroying baseball than anything since the Black Sox scandal. How a man who lived through it all the first time could get roped into it in 2009 is frankly startling.