As you can see, Nathan is rockin' a very unauthentic looking Ian Kinsler jersey. For those who aren't familiar with the Texas Rangers, Kinsler is the team's starting second baseman. Kinsler is also Nathan's favorite player, although Nathan also really likes Rangers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (for obvious reasons).
All three of my sons have Rangers shirts, but unfortunately, the store did not have one in Nathan's size with Kinsler's name and number on the back. It was just a red shirt with Rangers on the front. So my wife got out the masking tape and put a number 5 on the back. Then she got out some paper -- and yes, that is lined white paper, which I think really adds to the look -- and wrote Kinsler on it. Janell probably deserves an upgrade on her Mother's Day present because, being so familiar with all the Rangers players, I'm sure she had to look up Kinsler's name to spell it correctly.
This morning Nathan asked me if I knew when it would be Kinsler's birthday, and although that's easy enough to find out, I'm not sure I should tell him. I don't want to be considered an accessory to stalking.
Nathan has his first tee-ball game this week, and his team is the Rangers. He'll get his jersey this week, and I'm waiting for his request for the jersey to be Kinsler-ized. If you see a lefty hitting off a tee this weekend with a jersey augmented with masking tape and packing tape, give a cheer for him.
You can yell "Kinz!"
I think Nathan will respond to that.
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