Ian Kinsler on Texas reception: “We’ll see what happens”
Three months have passed since the ESPN The Magazine article in which Ian Kinsler was quoted hoping the Rangers lost 162 games. The Rangers have lost just 40 games so far, five games under .500, but they’ve lost Prince Fielder for the season to neck surgery. The Tigers have won 40 games in no small part thanks to Kinsler and his spark, both at second base and the leadoff spot.
Now, for the first time since the Fielder-for-Kinsler trade last offseason, Kinsler has a game in Texas, where he was a popular player and a sparkplug for years before the situation changed and the Rangers transitioned. And when asked what kind of reception he’s anticipating from his old home crowd, he isn’t completely sure. But he isn’t going to be blown away if he’s booed.
“Yeah, we’ll see what happens,” Kinsler said Sunday. “I think that whole ESPN article kind of blew some things out of proportion. If people actually read the article, I never said anything bad about the fans or my teammates or my coaching staff. It was all directed towards the front office.”
This is true. There’s no reference either way to the Texas fan base.
“So if people want to boo me for saying something bad about the front office, that’s their prerogative,” Kinsler continued. “I guess we’ll see. I don’t know.”
Even so, you might remember fellow ex-Ranger Josh Hamilton’s Spring Training quote to the Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher: “At least I won’t be the only villain in Texas now.”
That said, Hamilton called the Dallas-Fort Worth area a football town, something Kinsler did not.
“There were a couple times in my tenure that I wondered where they were, because playing in front of an exciting crowd, it just makes everything easier,” Kinsler admitted. “There were a couple times that I said something publicly, but I always loved my time there. I loved playing in that stadium in front of those fans. I guess we’ll see how it all goes down.”
The series starts Tuesday night.