The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers are set to kick off a three game series tonight (Tuesday) in Arlington. The real news, of course, is the return of Ian Kinsler to the lone-star state.
Kinsler, who was a big part of the best years of Texas Rangers baseball, met with a group of reporters in the visiting dugout Tuesday. Kinsler was asked several questions about the controversial comments he made this past winter, which appeared in an article published in ESPN Magazine in early March, after being traded to Detroit over the winter.
Kinsler was subject to heavy scrutiny after the report published a comment in which he reportedly called his former boss “a sleazeball”. He also expressed a desire to see the Rangers would go 0-162 this season and basically said he felt betrayed by GM Jon Daniels.
When asked if he had yet to clear the air with his former boss, it became apparent that there was no love lost between the two.
“I have nothing to say to him, and he probably has nothing to say to me”, Kinsler said of his former boss. “I have no real reason to talk to him.”
Kinsler spent eight seasons in Texas, said his frustration towards Daniels was partially due to a lack of communication prior to him being traded to Detroit.
“I never talked to him through the trade process or through anything that was going on,” Kinsler said. “I was never given a heads up, or a maybe this might happen, or possibly we’re thinking about trading you. Nothing like that. There was no communication.”
Kinsler was always an antagonist to fans who either loved or hated him in Texas. The fact that he spoke sourly about the team after departing my bring him a real anti-hero’s welcome.