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The White Sox are extremely appreciative of A.J. Pierzynski

Dec 27, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

Barrett Pierzynski Getty Getty Images

Free agents come and go all the time. Often you see them take out an ad in the local paper or something to thank the fans. Less often the team issues a statement thanking the player for their service. But never have I seen a team wax so effusive of a departing player as the White Sox just waxed about A.J. Pierzynski.

The entire statement from owner Jerry Reinsdorf can be read over at CSNChicago.com. In part:

“Every White Sox fan appreciates and celebrates what A.J. meant to this organization during his time in Chicago. A.J. epitomized Chicago’s South Side through his toughness, his attitude, his flair for the dramatic and his passion for the game. He came to compete – and to win – every day.

Reinsdorf added that U.S. Cellular Field will be one park where Pierzynski “will never be booed.”  Probably true as far as it goes, but I have this feeling he may take that as something of a challenge.

  1. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Hahaha he probably will take that as a challenge….love watching that dude play the game

  2. lewp - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    About the only bright spot this off-season for the Rangers. Pierzynski 1 year 7.5 million vs. the departed Napoli (with medical issues) 3 year 36 million.

    • paperlions - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Getting rid of Young is a bright spot. He is not good at baseball anymore.

      Not paying Hamilton $125M over the next 5 years is also a bright spot.

      When you have the system depth of a team like the Rangers, what you don’t need to do is overpay for names that are not as good as their reputations.

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Every baseball players dream: one park where they will never be booed.

  4. indyshepherd - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    A.J. Pierzynski is hands down the best catcher to play for the White Sox since Carlton Fisk. He will truly be missed in Chicago.

  5. charlescub80 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I still love that picture! Man he could take a punch.

  6. florida727 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    This guy is/was the very definition of a “polarizing figure”. If he played for your team, you absolutely loved him. If he played for the other team, you hated his guts. You’ll be missed AJ. Good luck in Texas.

  7. APBA Guy - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    What was it Ozzie said about Pierzynski, something like “If he’s playing for the other team, you hate him, but if he’s your teammate, you hate him a little less”?

  8. vincentmoonoir - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I find it interesting as a Twins fan when he gets booed here in MN. On one hand, he was a huge part of the Twins’ winning ways in the 00′s, and he brought the Twins Nathan and Liriano (and Boof Bonser) in a trade. On the other hand, he is known for his difficulties with pitchers and umpires and is generally very skilled at getting under people’s skin. A polarizing figure for sure.

  9. blackandbluedivision - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    This pitching staff is going to suffer.

  10. haterhurter937 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    stupid move by the sox to let him leave, flowers is the next lou marson.

  11. unclearnie - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Michael Barrett should have been immediately placed in the Hall of Fame for punching that ass.

  12. jollyjoker2 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    chicago should appreciate him. I in mn got stuck with mauer who has “weak leg” syndrome or some other ailment every year nor can he hit any home runs. Yet he gets 25 million a year to act like a smug retard.

  13. joeyashwi - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    jollyjoker- Maybe a little harsh but you are right. A.J. has put up great numbers and would have been a much better fit in MN. Mauer is the most overpaid player in the league and now the owner who cried for his stadium refuses to spend any money to put a team around him. I can’t wait for the day we trade him to the Yankees. Slap single hitters are a dime a dozen, not $25 million a year.
    A.J. is still one of my all time favorites!

  14. sabatimus - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    One of the biggest (and most consistent) a-holes in MLB.

  15. scoregasmic - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    He’s one of those guys where your hate for him is really just respect. As a Tigers fan…I’m glad he is out of the AL Central

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