SAN DIEGO – Ian Kinsler said he regrets using profanity during an emotional outburst after a pivotal three-run home run for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night and he was firing up his teammates and not taking a shot at fans
Kinsler hollered and gestured as he touched the record after the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning of the 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and again in the dugout.
Kinsler has been criticized by fans as he has struggled since joining the Padres on a $ 8 million, two-year deal. Many fans, especially on social media, felt the outburst was directed at them.
before Friday night's game, when it was due to start at second base and bat leadoff. "
The 36-year-old Kinsler, in his 1
Asked about this year, he said:" Yeah, that's part of being an athlete, They pay a ticket to their own team, I guess. They pay a ticket to the other team, whatever. If they want to pay a ticket to people, that's fine. what the fans do. I just want good energy at the ballpark. I just want people to be supportive of the Padres. … Kinsler is hitting .175 with five homers and nine RBIs in 37 games.
San Diego manager Andy Green reiterated what he said about Kinsler on Thursday night, that it wasn't the right response.
"He's coming out and said directly who he intended it for. I take him to his word on that, "Green said." For us, we understand how that appears to people in that moment, and we don't want to give off that impression. We take ownership over that. As an organization, we've apologized for that. We intend to move on from that. "
" The appearance is not the appearance that we for this Padres organization, "Green added." He had the opportunity to apologize today and to recognize how could be perceived and was perceived by a lot of people. "
Green declined to say if Kinsler had been disciplined.
" We'll continue to talk to all our players in different moments in time, and that stuff we'll keep to ourselves, "Green said.
Kinsler said he plays with passion and emotion. Co. Building in the left-field corner.
Two years ago, Kinsler walked back comments he made on the American Baseball Classic. team that beat Puerto Rico in the final.