Sunday, May 21, 2006

A.J. Pierzynski's Reputation Explains Everything

The hockey game that broke out during Saturday's White Sox-Cubs game can be blamed on baserunner A.J. Pierzynski. It's one thing if Pierzynski merely barreled into Northside catcher Michael Barrett to score, a so-called "clean hit." But it's hardly plausible that Barrett then punched Pierzynski without considerable provocation. Pierzynski denies it, but those in the know realize the Southside catcher deliberately slammed his shoulder into Barrett after Pierzynski scored and the play ended. The truth can be found in Pierzynski's reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the majors, having cracked the top 10 most hated athletes list, according to a survey by GQ Magazine. According to confidential insider interviews conducted by the publication, opponents and even teammates have little good to say about Pierzynski, describing him as unprofessional, immature, arrogant, obnoxious and aloof, with little sense of etiquette. "He'll step on your foot at first base, " explained one player, " and then say (sarcastically), 'Man, I didn't mean that.' " During spring training with the Giants in '04, a pitch hit Pierzynski between the legs. When trainer Stan Conte asked him how he felt, Pierzynski replied, "Like this," and viciously kicked Conte in the genitals. Pierzynski was so unpopular in the clubhouse when he played in Minnesota and San Francisco that some of his teammates all but threw a party when he left.

5 comments:

The Truth said...

How about the fact that he slapped homeplate quite indignantly after he knocked Barrett over? That's pretty obnoxious. Most players would have simply touched it with their hand or stood up and tagged it with their foot, but he slaps it like he's the ruler of the world. Barrett from what I have heard was more aggravated that he got crushed by AJ because he did not even have posession of the ball. Anyway, good post.

The Cooperstown Kid said...

Thank you, good comment

Anonymous said...

Barrett should have stepped aside...

Anonymous said...

Hey man, I have a quick question for ya...are you STUPID!! A.J. was in no way at fault in this situation! A.J. very very very LEGALLY, knocked over Barrett(the bitch) at homeplate, then went for his helment that was behind Barrett an that stupid Cubs catcher got his panties in a twist an sucker punched A.J. I mean everyone in baseball...or like 90% of them think that A.J. should have never been thrown out of the game. Cause they know, like I know, an you DONT know...That he did nothing wrong, an is NOT a bad guy. So do me a favor bro...learn up on your baseball. ;(

Anonymous said...

what's a helment, you chode!?! Pierzynski is a gamer who will do anything to win, like Ty Cobb. Unlike Cobb, AJ won't be in the hall of fame. I enjoy listening to AJ talk. He's entertaining. Chicago, enjoy your world series win, 'cuz it won't be happening again anytime soon.