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An Open Letter to A.J. Pierzynski

by Sox Fan Fred

Welcome to the White Sox, Anthony John Pierzynski. No need to worry.Sox fans will refer to you as AJ from here on out. The last time you were on this side of town in 2003, you were the enemy.  Now you return as a friend,not a foe.
Many Sox fans hated you as a Twin.  Your cockiness made us see shades of red much brighter than the "Minnesota" on your road gray jersey.  We remember the decisive home run you hit off Billy Koch in the 2002 ALDS.  Many believe that was the beginning of the end for Koch's confidence and velocity.
But I digress.
Consider this an open letter from a Sox fan who has suffered through the same Clint Eastwood movie for the last three and a half decades: "The Good,The Bad and The Ugly". Sox fans have seen plenty of "bad" and "ugly" over the last 4 years with not enough "good" in sight.
Hopefully, you can help change that in 2005.
In case you weren't paying attention when the Twinkies strolled through town and calmly dismantled the Sox in 2002 and 2003,i'd like to give you a small primer on Sox fans and some of the things they might expect from you in 2005.
First of all, we know you allegedly carry a great deal of baggage as you arrive here.  We're willing to overlook it if you'll this team accomplish these 3 goals:
1.Win the AL Central.
2.Win the AL pennant.
Goal #1 gets harder and harder every year.  The Tribe will be better, the Tigers are improving and many still feel the Twins are the team to beat.  But the Sox are a funny club, AJ.  When the pressure's off, they can relax and win 6 of their last 10, 8 of their last 12,etc.  Help your teammates understand that intensity is not a faucet that can be turned on or off when needed.  Take all opponents seriously, not just the Yanks, Twins, etc.
Goals # 2 and 3 almost remind me of an old television show; "Mission:Impossible".  It has been 87 years since the Sox won an AL pennant.  They haven't won a home playoff game since game 1 of the 1959 World Series.  The Fall Classic hasn't been here since.  Help end the drought this year!! Please!!  I'm begging you!! Sometime during my lifetime!!
Some more info about Sox fans: they'll cheer when you win, boo when you lose.  If Torii Hunter bowls you over at home plate trying to score a run, it would be appreciated if you took Luis Rivas' legs out from underneath him as he tries to turn a double play the next time the Sox are on offense.
Beware of sports columnists, especially a moron named Mariotti.  He's one of these "Cubs rule ,Sox drool" idiots who whines and complains about how frugal management is with the team budget. This is the same thing that Sox fans have bitched about for decades.  Ignore him at all costs.
All I can hope is that you stay healthy, hit .270 -.280 and become the first Sox catcher  to knock in 80 runs since Carlton Fisk did it in 1991. 
I've read your quotes.It's evident that you have a chip on your shoulder and have something to prove.  You'll fit in well here. Sox fans want to prove the better brand of baseball resides on the South Side, not the inferior North Side.  Help Sox fans knock the chip off their shoulder and restore order to the South Side.
Thanks in advance,
Fred K   

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