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A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base last night

Apr 14, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

Pierzynski.jpgOK, I’ve finally had a chance to see the video of the A.J. Pierzynski hit-by-pitch. It’s here, and as you’ll see, he was so totally not hit by the pitch. It bounced in the dirt and then hit home plate umpire Tim McClelland, but it never touched Pierzynski, who flopped like a French soccer player. A brief argument ensued, Romero was apparently distracted and the next hitter — Alexis Rios — hit a two-run homer breaking up the no-hitter.

Totally weak on Pierzynski’s part. It’s one thing to have the ump award you a base when the ball doesn’t really hit you — if it happens you put your head down and get down to first before he changes his mind — but Piersynski’s Bette Davis act, complete with the limp and the hobble down the baseline, was pretty damn weak.

But then what do you expect from Pierzynski? This is a guy who spiked Justin Morneau. This is a guy whose own manager said “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate
him a little less.”  He’s not well-liked, and bush league theatrics like this are part of the reason.

Not that I’m complaining. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a big pro wrestling fan in the 1980s, and I think baseball needs more heels. Pierzynski is not a big enough star to pull that sort of thing off himself, but if someone huge like, oh, I dunno, Alex Rodriguez decided to become baseball’s version of Ric Flair I see no reason why Pierzynski couldn’t be its Tully Blanchard. Ozzie Guillen could be their J.J. Dillion. If they get a couple of guys to be Ole and Arn Anderson they could be baseball’s version of the Four Horsemen. They could start hitting baseball’s faces over the head with metal
chairs and everything.

And it’s not like he doesn’t have experience with this sort of thing.

  1. Army of Dad - Apr 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Well AJ won’t have any right to get pissed when a Blue Jay makes sure he knows what it is like to actually get hit by putting one through his earhole. Which is what should happen.

  2. Mad Dog Vachon - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    As a French-American, i am insulted.
    Nobody flops like an Italian soccer player, not even Karl Malone.

  3. Stone - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    God damn you’re a mincing vagina today, Craig. Anyone or anything else you want to piss and moan about?

  4. Yanks Suck - Apr 14, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Yeah… that was SO different than A-Roid calling “I got it.”

  5. elan bradford - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    You said it man.

  6. Baseballgod - Apr 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Get real man!! He deserves absolutley no credit at all. HE LIED!!!He put on an act…a preformance…he’s a joke…the argument isn’t whther its “bush league” or not, it’s whether it is wrong or right. And clearly this is wrong, not only does it show what a joke this guy is, it is a disrespect for the game. His job was to get on base how ever he could, within the game’s parameters, not to cheat his way on base, thats ridiculous. It shows what a complete disrespectful human being he is. His own team even hates him; theres not much you can argue there.

  7. baseballgod - Apr 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Secondly, since when did “okobojicat” determine what the rules of baseball are. Just because you wrongfully assume that what he did is not cheating, does not mean your right. Your intrepretation of the game is unreal. In no way is it okay for a player to lie. By him lieing, he is cheating. A players stats are suppose to be a representation of his accomplishments. Here, AJ did not get hit by a pitch…it unjustly compromises not only his stats, but Romero’s aswell. Its not just the act of faking being hit by a pitch, that act has reprocussions and compromises the truth of the game. Society as a whole would not be able to function, if what you are promoting (lieing), were to be adopted by everyone. If everyone lied to eachother, team work, friendship ect. would not exist. Thats why lieing is wrong. Honesty is neccessary for the basic functions os society. And if people watching this, and think its okay to lie in baseball to get something you want, then certainly its okay to lie in life to get something you want. But thats where the degradation of society begins. So you really need to figure out whats more important, getting on base or honesty. And if its not the latter, then I feel sorry for you.

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