March 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Tom Gage

Tigers' Ian Kinsler shows he won't duck controversy

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler created a bit of a media firestorm with his comments about the Rangers in an ESPN the Magazine profile. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Gage’s 140 (words, not characters).

Lakeland, Fla. — We found out something about Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler on Tuesday.

He’s not going to disappear when encountering a media storm.

In the wake of an ESPN the Magazine story in which he called the Rangers’ general manager “a sleazeball,” Kinsler knew his response would be sought.

He also knew there’d be reporters at his locker, and that his first reaction at center-stage as a Tiger would be impression-forming.

Some players don’t like being the center of attention, even when they’ve stirred it up themselves.

“No comment” is their easy way out.

Kinsler, however, claimed his remarks were taken “a little out of context.” Notice he said only “a little.”

He didn’t claim innocence.

He said of the story “it’s out there, can’t do much about it now.”

And he was right, about that.

Up front — and right.