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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reinsdorf: A.J. Pierzynski will forever be appreciated

Wow! Usually A. J. gets more garbage thrown his way than A. J. Weberman on a heavy pick-up night!

The complete text of Reinsdorf’s statement:

“A.J. Pierzynski played a major role in many of the greatest moments in recent Chicago White Sox history. From reaching first base in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series, to his double in Game 3 of the World Series in Houston, to his performance behind the plate during the 2008 “Blackout Game” division-winning 1-0 victory, A.J. was a key contributor, often in his own very unique way.

“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.

“A.J. will forever be appreciated and remembered by White Sox fans as a very special member of this franchise. He earned that spot in our hearts. I personally wish A.J. the very best with the Rangers and with the rest of his career. I suspect U.S. Cellular Field will be one ballpark where A.J. Pierzynski will never be booed. He’s earned our cheers.”

Repoz Posted: December 27, 2012 at 07:07 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rangers, white sox

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   1. Bug Selig Posted: December 27, 2012 at 08:06 AM (#4332826)
While the training staff issued a statement expressing their disappointment that he hasn't died in a fire.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 27, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4332855)
Every White Sox fan appreciates and celebrates what the Ligue family meant to this organization during their time in Chicago. The Ligues epitomized Chicago’s South Side through their toughness, their attitude, their flair for the dramatic and their passion for the game.
   3. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM (#4332901)
#1: Are you referring to the "knee to the groin" incident? That happened in San Francisco

#2: Stay classy
   4. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4332903)
From reaching first base in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series


Screw you AJ and screw you Eddings.
   5. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4332905)
Maybe you could direct that anger to the deserving recipient, to wit, Josh Paul
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4332908)
Maybe you could direct that anger to the deserving recipient, to wit, Josh Paul


While I agree that Paul has undeservedly gotten off easy from Halos fans, considering how poorly he handled that play, Eddings most definitely warranted their ire.

A.J.? Not so much. He made a heads-up baseball play.

As to the larger question, there's no reason the Sox fans should have anything but warm memories of Pierogi.

   7. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4332929)
A.J. and Ray Schalk are the only two people to catch for the White Sox in two postseasons. I know you're thinking "Byrd Lynn," but he caught in one Series and only pinch hit in the other.
   8. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4332954)
#6: I remember that play fairly well, but not perfectly. What did Eddings do wrong? I vaguely remember some thought he signaled "out"? Is that what you're referring to?
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4332968)
#6: I remember that play fairly well, but not perfectly. What did Eddings do wrong? I vaguely remember some thought he signaled "out"? Is that what you're referring to?


Well, for starters, he got the call wrong. Paul caught it.

Second, despite protestations to the contrary, his hand signal was very similar, if not identical, to the ones he'd made on previous strikeouts. The 8 Angels in the field had every reason to interpret his hand signal as Strike 3.

But that excuse doesn't work with Paul, however, since he couldn't have seen the gesture Eddings made (Eddings was behind him). And based on A.J.'s delayed reaction, it was obvious that Eddings' verbal reaction was not similar to previous Strike 3s. Thus, Paul should have known that there was some uncertainty on the part of Eddings (even if he himself was certain he caught the ball), and simply applied the tag, as many catchers routinely do on balls near the dirt, rather than blindly tossing the ball toward the mound.


   10. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4332999)
Good point, Screw Josh Paul too.
   11. stanmvp48 Posted: December 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4333022)
One of the few left handed hitters in history to have more GIDP than walks in a season. I believe he did it three times. The only other one I remember was Don Mueller.
   12. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4333087)
AJ's one of those guys where there are so many axes grinding I can't even begin to keep all these greivances straight.
   13. jyjjy Posted: December 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4333286)
I know you're thinking "Byrd Lynn"

You know me so well.
   14. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: December 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4333316)
Sosh U:

I don't agree that the photos are conclusive vis a vis a catch/non-catch but ymmv.

I also remember umps being asked about the visual signal and saying it was appropriate but that might be my hazy, homerist memory.

Anyway, it was a funked up play, regardles.
   15. BochysFingers Posted: December 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4333331)
Where's Jack Keefe's commentary?
   16. HowardMegdal Posted: December 27, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4333358)
I didn't know teams could do this when players leave.
   17. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4333977)
#14: Eddings had made the same signal on every strike out that game. Arm extended diagonally, followed by a fist pump at the chest. He did the same for the drop 3rd strike that wasn't.

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