Haggard, Simpson honor Washington with song

Haggard, Simpson honor Washington with song

ARLINGTON -- Before Friday's game against the Indians, singer Merle Haggard and Bob Simpson, co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rangers, with his wife Janice, showed a music video of a song Haggard recorded that was dedicated to Rangers manager Ron Washington. The song is titled, "That's the Way Baseball Go."

The song, an adaptation of Haggard's 1983 Grammy Award-winning hit "That's the Way Love Goes," is titled from Washington's phrase, made famous in last year's run to the World Series.

"I thought it was awesome," Washington said. "They gave me a box of them. I thought it was wonderful what the Simpson family did. When I first said it, people made fun of me, but there was a message in it. It wasn't politically correct, but there was a message in it. Things happen in the game of baseball, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it go."

The video showed some of Washington's most animated reactions from the dugout, along with footage of the 2010 playoffs.

"[Simpson] and his wife put some lyrics together, then put some video to it," Washington said. "It was awesome."