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A.J. Pierzynski faces White Sox, gets plunked, talks about it

May 2, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

A.J. Pierzynski, Addison Reed Getty Images

For most of A.J. Pierzynski‘s career we’ve heard some version of “opponents hate him, but teammates love him” applied to his ability to ruffle feathers on the field.

Last night, after spending eight seasons as the White Sox’s starting catcher, Pierzynski faced the White Sox as a member of the Rangers. He came off the bench as a pinch-hitter against his former battery-mate, closer Addison Reed, who promptly plunked Pierzynski in the shoulder.

Considering the game situation–ninth inning, 5-2 game–it seems far-fetched that Reed would hit Pierzynski on purpose–look how happy they were together in that picture!–which would merely make it an amusing coincidence.

Here’s what Pierzynski told the cameras afterward:

  1. mattintoledo - May 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I point to the Ozzie Guillen quote where he said all the opposing players hate him, but when he plays for your team, you hate him less.

  2. historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Isn’t he dreamy?

    • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      It was a love tap.

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        AJ understands that. BTW, did you enjoy the irony re: “mean” AJ HBP and Ventura HBP?

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        I have no idea what you’re talking about. /whistling innocently

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I’ve definitely learned one thing from all this: The White Sox listen to some loud, shitty music in their locker room.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Damn it Man! You know how I hate agreeing with you.

  4. dowhatifeellike - May 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Is there anything Pierzynski doesn’t talk about?

  5. rcali - May 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Yes, he got hit on his Barry Bonds like shoulder pads he wears on his elbow. This guy is such a whiney girl.

    • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      There’s nothing wrong with being a girl.

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