Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

Former Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler has done little to endear himself to San Diego Padres fans.

The 36-year-old second baseman is hitting .175 with a .233 on-base percentage after signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the Padres a few months ago.

If doing nothing at the plate doesn’t make you a popular man, it’s hard to think pulling a Ron Burgundy and cursing out San Diego after a home run will help, either.

Kinsler denied the expletives were directed at the home crowd. Instead, he said they were directed at his teammates.

“I’m trying to get my guys fired up… I’m a passionate player, it’s a big moment, I’m trying to get my guys going. We have all kinds of inside jokes and stuff that we have. We’re together every day, and we’ve been together for three months. I’m trying to get my guys going.”

Kinsler likely heard similar language from Boston fans after his throwing error in Game 3 of last year’s World Series cost the Red Sox a win in extra innings.

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