Bernstein: Not From You, Ian Kinsler

Kinsler's antics and his expletives toward Padres fans were embarrassing.

Dan Bernstein
May 17, 2019 - 1:26 pm

(670 The Score) The bat flip was just fine. Actually pretty good, even, letting the knob hang on your thumb for that extra little bit to add some rotation as you headed toward first base. Nice swing at that cement-mixer of a slider too. I'm sure it felt good after going in with the .175 batting average and .574 OPS.

The stuff at the end though, not acceptable from anyone. And especially not you, Ian Kinsler, not after what you said about proper baseball behavior in 2017.

What happened at Petco Park on Thursday night is all on tape, with plenty of sound audible even for those who can't read lips. Your booming home run off the facade in left to give the Padres the 4-2 lead, the flip and the trip around the bases, all finished off with a flourish of F-bombs that appeared directed at the fans that have dared to lament your poor performance this season.

"F*** you! F**** all of you!" with the gestures to the crowd was pretty clear.

And the San Diego Union Tribune reported that you finished up at the bat rack in the dugout with "F*** every single one of these f***s!"

Your manager called you out for it afterward, with Andy Green admitting that your feelings were "not expressed well" and stating that, "We as professionals should handle that displeasure in a more positive way than it was handled today."

And yet you tried to mealy-mouth your way back from it, claiming thinly that it was some bizarre attempt to motivate teammates. Throwing even more at the wall, you said it was an inside joke of which even the manager isn't aware.  Nice tries, but nope.

And you're the same guy who went all American Baseball Police on the expressive play of a couple opposing teams two years ago during the World Baseball Classic. In case it slipped your mind, let's refresh your memory with this quote of yours from the New York Times.

"I hope kids watching the WBC can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the way the Dominican plays," you said. "That's not taking anything away from them. That just wasn't the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way."

Yeah, well f*** that.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​​​