Ian Kinsler made his first act back at Globe Life Park a memorable one, and along the way he managed to tick off one of his former Texas Rangers teammates and his former manager.
Kinsler swatted a solo homer off Colby Lewis in the first inning of an 8-2 victory, then gave a wave to the Rangers’ dugout as he trotted to first base and rounded second and third bases with a grin on his face.
Ron Washington said that Lewis was miffed. Lewis said that he was disappointed. Kinsler said that it was all in good fun.
But it wasn’t as much fun as Kinsler, who was dealt to Detroit in November for Prince Fielder, thought.
“Disappointed. Maybe that’s the word I need to use,” Lewis said. “That’s all. I love Kins and that’s all. I was just disappointed a little bit, that’s all.”
Washington declined comment, saying only that he saw the gesture and that Lewis “told Ian about it” after Kinsler popped out in the third inning and came near the pitching mound as he headed back to the Tigers’ dugout.
Kinsler, who in a February story in ESPN the Magazine called general manager Jon Daniels a sleezeball and wished the Rangers would go 0-162, downplayed the first-inning incident.
“I was just saying ‘Hi,’ ” Kinsler said. “It was nothing personal at all. I was having a good time. It was my return home and to get lucky enough to square one up like that and have it go over the fence, it was a good feeling and I was just having fun.”
Kinsler later connected for a two-run single in the eighth inning as the Tigers pulled away.