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daveeym
03-15-2006, 02:22 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=2366973

Interesting note on Hawk in there as well.

Baby Fisk
03-15-2006, 02:33 PM
A.J. is a tender, sensitive soul. Here he is taking time to enjoy some fan mail.

http://www.aj-pierzynski.com/aj357.jpg

palehozenychicty
03-15-2006, 02:38 PM
Honestly, I'm glad that A.J. found his way here. Behind Pauly, he's probably our most important player.

miker
03-15-2006, 02:42 PM
Since he's a gamer and he's mostly immune to what others say about him, I feeling pretty good about A.J. and what he brings to our team.

However, let's suppose the White Sox 2006 season goes horribly wrong. We know the media will turn on him right away, but what about the fans? How much has to go wrong before they turn on him?

Unregistered
03-15-2006, 02:47 PM
Two hours later, the Sox are taking on the Rockies in Tucson. Pierzynski is behind the plate when Colorado first baseman and former Florida Gator Ryan Shealy (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7575) steps into the box. Pierzynski, a huge Gator fan, stands up with all of his gear on, sticks his arms out and does the Gator chomp. In the middle of the game.

After the inning, Guillen asks what the hell that was. "The Gator chomp," Pierzynski says.

The White Sox manager turns around, looks over the dugout, spots Lisa in the front row and shakes his head. She shakes her head, too, and looks into her daughter's stroller and smiles. "Babycakes," she says, "your daddy is a nut case."

Hilarious. AJ rules. :cool:

Unregistered
03-15-2006, 02:48 PM
Since he's a gamer and he's mostly immune to what others say about him, I feeling pretty good about A.J. and what he brings to our team.

However, let's suppose the White Sox 2006 season goes horribly wrong. We know the media will turn on him right away, but what about the fans? How much has to go wrong before they turn on him?The man was a key part of the team that brought the first Championship to the Sox in 88 years.

I think he gets a bit of a pass before fans start turning on him.

MarySwiss
03-15-2006, 02:55 PM
Very nice! I cannot believe how wrong we all were about that guy!

miker
03-15-2006, 02:57 PM
The man was a key part of the team that brought the first Championship to the Sox in 88 years.

I think he gets a bit of a pass before fans start turning on him.
Oh I would certainly hope for...but you know how fickle fans can get.

CPditka
03-15-2006, 04:42 PM
That was actually a good article by ESPN. Wow.

MERPER
03-15-2006, 04:53 PM
I still swear, to this day, after seeing the replay 100 gazillion times...

That play in ALCS game 2 (drop third strike) was the best acting job in the history of professional sports... I really believe that he purposely made the motion back to the dugout and then gave a peak to Josh Paul.. once he notices Paul bought it and rolled the ball back, he ran to first thus faking out paul, all 8 angels fielders and the umpires

AJ is a gamer and Carl Everett is right that he is the voice of the clubhouse... gotta love the guy!!!

tick53
03-15-2006, 06:42 PM
Honestly, I'm glad that A.J. found his way here. Behind Pauly, he's probably our most important player.

I agree...:smile:

rookie
03-15-2006, 06:56 PM
I absolutely LOVE AJ! I love his attitude and how he doesn't apologizes for who he is. Him and his spunky self. Hawk is right - he even looks like Dennis the Menance. (Plus AJ and I have the same birthday, so do Tiger and Lebron).

That article was wonderful.
I love you AJ! Keep on being AJ!:redface:

JohnBasedowYoda
03-15-2006, 07:14 PM
That was the feelgood moment of the year.

DC Sox Fan
03-15-2006, 07:45 PM
Can anyone else foresee a new ritual when AJ comes to bat?
http://www.twirlbaton.com/G8rette/Gallery%203/Fall02-037b.jpg
Of course opposing teams/fans could counter with this to get him all riled up:
http://www.aistm.org/seminole/s_fsu_i.jpg

Realist
03-15-2006, 07:46 PM
Great article. Thanks for the link. I think it'd be interesting to read the Giants fan responses.

SOecks
03-15-2006, 08:20 PM
Holy crap, that's one of the best articles I've read in a long time on any player, any sport. As a quick sidenote, I think this is the type of article so many of us hope to be reading from Chicago writers. I'm really surprised this was written by an ESPN employee. Calling the Sox Army, please email the writer at wayne.drehs@espn3.com and let him know what you think. I wish I could find his bosses email addresses as well so I could copy them on the email I'm sending. Positive reinforcement can only help the media's view on the Sox.

1951Campbell
03-15-2006, 10:31 PM
Great article. Thanks for the link. I think it'd be interesting to read the Giants fan responses.

Giants fans?

http://www.jlindquist.net/bread/Bimages/sourgrapes.jpg

34rancher
03-15-2006, 10:42 PM
I still swear, to this day, after seeing the replay 100 gazillion times...

That play in ALCS game 2 (drop third strike) was the best acting job in the history of professional sports... I really believe that he purposely made the motion back to the dugout and then gave a peak to Josh Paul.. once he notices Paul bought it and rolled the ball back, he ran to first thus faking out paul, all 8 angels fielders and the umpires

AJ is a gamer and Carl Everett is right that he is the voice of the clubhouse... gotta love the guy!!!
You may all tell me I am crazy, but I remember screaming at the TV. I was ticked off at AJ. He should have run to second, he had it free. Good thing that Joe Crede is still the man....:bandance:

IlliniSox4Life
03-15-2006, 11:14 PM
I read that earlier, and yes, it was one of the best articles I've read on ESPN, and not just because it's positive and about a White Sox player. The author really captures the essence of being AJ, and backs up his thoughts with evidence. Good to know there is somebody out there who knows what it is to write about sports.

Fake Chet Lemon
03-15-2006, 11:35 PM
Can anyone else foresee a new ritual when AJ comes to bat?
http://www.twirlbaton.com/G8rette/Gallery%203/Fall02-037b.jpg
Of course opposing teams/fans could counter with this to get him all riled up:


Wow, no wonder some cheerleaders (2nd from bottom) get dropped. What a great article though, fantastic.

Vernam
03-16-2006, 02:11 AM
You may all tell me I am crazy, but I remember screaming at the TV. I was ticked off at AJ. He should have run to second, he had it free. At SoxFest, AJ confirmed that he was headed to second until the SS (Cabrera, I guess) snagged the ball rolling near the mound. I'd agree with you, except my hunch is that the umps wouldn't have let the play stand if he had reached 2nd. There was just enough uncertainty that they might have been reluctant to put the winning run on second.

AJ deserves more credit for the pitching staff. People can say Garland and Contreras just matured, but I think he keeps those guys in line. He calls a great game. Another Soxfest comment (in the clinic area) was that, physically, he could catch 160 games, but the mental aspect is what fatigues him. On days when Widger catches, AJ said he tries to completely shut his brain down and not think about the game.

Vernam

Baby Fisk
03-16-2006, 09:48 AM
Great article. Thanks for the link. I think it'd be interesting to read the Giants fan responses.
At least one of them has taken umbrage: AJ Pierzynski hates the Giants (http://p080.ezboard.com/fgiantsvirtualforumfrm10.showMessage?topicID=1027. topic)

Frater Perdurabo
03-16-2006, 09:59 AM
At least one of them has taken umbrage: AJ Pierzynski hates the Giants (http://p080.ezboard.com/fgiantsvirtualforumfrm10.showMessage?topicID=1027. topic)

That Giants fan has to defecate on A.J. to avoid thinking about the real elephant in San Francisco's locker room.
:kukoo:

SOecks
03-16-2006, 10:32 AM
I sent him an email last night complimenting him on the piece and asking for the email address of his boss. His reply and bosses contact info is below. Send him a note.


Thanks for the note, Eric. Glad you enjoyed the piece. You can certainly drop a note to our baseball editor, David Kull, at david.kull@espn3.com (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/cgi-bin/compose?mailto=1&msg=068601B8-4219-49AB-BCE7-1B1315188553&start=0&len=6602&src=&type=x&to=david.kull@espn3.com&cc=&bcc=&subject=&body=&curmbox=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&a=bdf163b63064f80329fe697238f63cd3eb9a7d8f071a92fd 11073ddb1a588162).

Thanks again ... Wayne