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My path to the pros

Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler recalls the days before he got paid to play

Originally Published: June 27, 2013
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

I played golf and soccer well before I ever played baseball. I want to say I started golf when I was 6, but it was just a hobby. My best friend's dad was a golf fanatic and he lived on a ranch, so we just hit balls into the desert all day. I started playing soccer at 7 or 8, and I was really good at it and I loved it. But baseball? I didn't start until I was 9. Baseball was definitely my dad's idea, but it was never forced on me or anything. It was just something I ...

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