The two players traded for each other could not be more opposite in how they handled their departures.
Ian Kinsler, traded from Texas to Detroit, spoke out against his former club in an interview with ESPN The Magazine. His insults are well documented, everything from calling his former GM a sleazeball and proclaiming himself unwilling to lead his teammates, to hoping that the Rangers go through a completely fruitless season. “I hope they go 0-162,” the second baseman had said.
Prince Fielder, traded from Detroit to Texas, prefers to take things in stride. In an article by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Fielder hopes for great competition from the team that shipped him off partially because of salary relief, partially because of growing criticism about his play.
“I hope they win their division and have a great year,” Fielder said. “Unfortunately, if they play us in the playoffs, they might lose. If I didn’t say that, I’d be playing for the wrong team, wouldn’t I? I hope they have a great year. It’s a great bunch of guys, a great team.
For Fielder, life is too short to dwell on insults, real or perceived.