ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Infielder Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers rounds 3rd base after a home run on the first pitch of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays September 17, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Sometimes around here you hear the Texas Rangers talk about how they get used to playing in the Texas heat in July and August and how it's a huge advantage for them.
It most likely is an advantage, but there's no way to ever get used to the nightly grind of a 13-game homestand in the middle of the dog days of summer, and former Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said he's glad to be out of the Texas heat.
In fact, Kinsler admitted it's something you don't just "get used to."
“No,” Kinsler told the Dallas Morning News. “But you try to fool yourself that you can. You tell everyone and you tell yourself that it’s not a big deal, but to hear that the Tigers didn’t play a game at home last year above 90 degrees is refreshing. I should be able to physically handle the season a little bit better.”
On the flip side of that, we'll see how Prince Fielder acclimates his hefty, yet incredibly durable frame to playing in Arlington, where summer games often start in triple-digit heat before "cooling off" to 96 or 97 by game's end at 10 p.m.