Tigers' Ian Kinsler praises Team USA's lack of visible passion, emotion

Posted at 8:36 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 20:36:45-04

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler told the New York Times that he hopes kids watching Wednesday's World Baseball Classic Championship game between the United States and Puerto Rico emulate the Americans and their restraint when it comes to showing emotion.

New York Times journalist Billy Witz wrote about the differences between the two teams. Ian Kinsler told him:

“I hope kids watching the W.B.C. 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 Dominican plays. 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.”

Anyone who follows the Tigers knows it's a fitting statement coming from Kinsler. He's not exactly known for being an overly emotive player.