Tonight, Ian Kinsler will return to Arlington, TX for the first time since being traded to the Detroit Tigers and making some unflattering comments about Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. I wrote an article at the time that Ian Kinsler’s comments were printed in ESPN the Magazine, and when I wrote it I was angry with him and his comments.
I have now had time to think about what Ian said, and really it was not as bad as I had originally thought. He took some shots at JD, but he did not take shots at his former teammates or at the Texas Rangers fan base. Jon Daniels is a big boy and can handle some bad comments from a former player.
I am not saying that I am happy or content with what he said, but who has not said something in anger that they wished later that they would not have said? I know that I have. The point is this: Ian is going to get booed tonight, and probably loudly, and I think that is wrong. Ian Kinsler gave the Texas Rangers eight good years, and we should thank him for that.
Ian Kinsler had a batting line of .273/.349/.454 with 156 home runs and 539 RBI, and he had a fielding percentage of .978 during his time in Texas. I am not suggesting that you should cheer him every time he gets up to bat in this series, but I do think a thank you applause his first time up is worth thinking about.
I also believe that if you feel the need to boo Ian Kinsler, that you paid for your ticket and you have every right to boo whoever you want. I don’t think it is wrong to boo him, I am just saying that I wouldn’t do it.
I know he is no longer a Texas Rangers player, but he was and he was a darn good one, and I think Rangers fans should acknowledge him for it tonight. Just my opinion. What do you think about his return tonight? Answer the poll question below! Thanks.