ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ian Kinsler said he's over it.
He spent eight seasons with the Texas Rangers and in some ways he expected more. Maybe he thought he would have been dealt with differently, maybe on a personal level instead of a professional level.
But the Rangers traded Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason and it sparked a series of comments from Kinsler in an ESPN The Magazine story that said he hoped his former team goes 0-162.
It seemed as if Kinsler was being serious. He was joking and Tuesday night, as a steady rain poured down at Globe Life Park, Kinsler talked about the man who made the deal to trade him, general manager Jon Daniels.
"I haven’t talked to JD since last season," Kinsler said. "Never talked to him through the trade process, through anything that was going on, never given a heads up or maybe, 'this might happen or we’re possibly thinking about trading you.' Nothing like that, no communication. I have nothing to say to him. He probably has nothing to say to me. No reason to talk to the guy."
Sports is a business and few players get to finish their careers with the teams they love. Kinsler didn't sound too bitter about the trade yet wished it were handled differently.
"I don’t think it has anything with how long a person is in an organization," Kinsler said. "That's just not my style. I'm pretty up front, I tell people how I feel, that’s the way I handle that situation. He chose to handle it differently. I have no hard feelings toward the way he handled it. At that time, when I said those things, obviously though he should have handled it a little bit differently. I'm over it. I'm past it, I've moved on and I'm a Detroit Tiger and happy to be where I'm at."
Kinsler is doing fine with the Tigers. He's hitting .331 in May, 10th in the AL, and over the last 11 games he's hitting .400. He faces the Rangers the next three evenings looking to remind everyone in Dallas/Fort Worth what they're missing.
How the fans will respond to Kinlser is unknown. Rangers manager Ron Washington said respect should be given to the No. 2 hitter.
Fans are unpredictable, but for a guy who helped the Rangers reach two World Series, a nice ovation would be welcomed.