Ian Kinsler, a legend in Texas Rangers history, proudly donned the Team Israel jersey during the ceremonial first pitch of Game 3 in the American League Championship Series at Globe Life Park. Fans erupted in cheers, honoring Kinsler, who dedicated eight of his 14 Major League years to the Rangers and secured three All-Star distinctions during his tenure in Arlington.
Drafted in the 17th round of the 2003 MLB, Kinsler rapidly ascended as a standout prospect for the Rangers. He eventually became a beloved figure amongst fans, notably achieving two 30-30 seasons. Currently, he serves as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young.
While Kinsler’s accomplishments in the sport are numerous, including the prestigious World Series win with the Boston Red Sox in 2018, his ties to Team Israel symbolize a personal journey. Holding dual American-Israeli citizenship due to his Jewish heritage, Kinsler represented Israel during the 2020 Olympics. Additionally, in 2023, he took on the managerial role for Team Israel at the World Baseball Classic.
Kinsler’s appearance in the Team Israel jersey was a nod to his dual heritage and his contributions to baseball both in the U.S. and Israel. Notably, he boasts the record for the most stolen bases among Jewish players, a commendable 243.
While Team Israel had mixed success in recent competitions, Kinsler himself had tasted victory at the WBC in 2017 as part of Team USA.
As reported by a Dallas News, the Rangers currently hold a lead in the series after two wins in Houston, but were trailing in Game 3 during its initial stages.