There may have been a few Rangers fans who mourned when the club traded longtime second-baseman Ian Kinsler, but for most, his unreliable glove and mediocre performance at the plate far outweighed whatever goodwill his boyish good looks might inspire. Plus, we got Prince Fielder.
But while Rangers fans may have moved on, Kinsler has not. Currently making the local sports-media rounds is this ESPN The Magazine profile of the Detroit Tigers' new second baseman.
He's bitter, still fuming about how the Rangers handled his trade (there was "no remorse"; he learned of it from a reporter's text message); how they treated Michael Young; and how general manager Jon Daniels deposed Nolan Ryan as the club's leader ("Daniels is a sleazeball. He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out.").
No surprise then that he wants to see the Rangers fail and fail hard. "To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162."
He's entitled to his opinion. And we're entitled to keep watching this on a loop:
Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.