ARLINGTON, Texas — Ian Kinsler’s first at-bat for the Detroit Tigers against the Texas Rangers in Arlington was more memorable for what happened after his first-inning homer than the actual home run.
That’s because the long-time Texas standout waved at his old team’s dugout as he was nearing first base.
Kinsler said he meant no harm with the gesture and his wave was directed at no one.
"I was just saying ‘Hi,’" said Kinsler, who went 2 for 5 with three RBI in a Tigers’ 8-2 win. "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 had a chance to talk some more in the third inning when he popped up to first base. As he was crossing the field, he exchanged words with Texas pitcher Colby Lewis. While Kinsler said the conversation was just between them, Lewis said he told Kinsler it was good to see him.
As for the Kinsler wave after the homer, Lewis was more tightlipped.
"I’m not commenting on it," Lewis said. "It is what it is. It’s unfortunate. I feel like it’s unfortunate but I’m not going to sit here and badmouth Kins because I really enjoyed Kins my time playing with him. I really enjoyed him as a teammate. Disappointed, maybe that’s the word."
Texas manager Ron Washington declined to comment on his reaction to the wave but said Lewis was miffed.
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler treated the homer just like the other eight he’s hit this year. But Ausmus did notice that the fans at the game booed Kinsler more as the game progressed.