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dzipio
05-28-2006, 10:26 AM
I've read numerous references to AJ being an "irritant" and being the most obnoxious player in baseball. What, exactly, does he do that other players hate so much? I heard he makes fun of batters after they strike out, but what else could he do to get people so p----- at him? BTW, I proudly wear a Pierzynski shirt. I think he was one of the key acqisitions that helped a strong pitching staff become awesome.

SoxFan76
05-28-2006, 10:30 AM
I don't think anyone, including AJ, knows. haha

Nah, he just talks a lot. He's like your little brother: says stuff to get you mad, then when you try to react (most likely in a physical manner) you get in trouble. At least that's how it was for me growing up.

His main goal is to get under your skin and for some reason these doofuses fall for it every time (Barrett, Zambrano, among others).

DumpJerry
05-28-2006, 10:33 AM
He talks lots-o-trash behind the plate and it irritates the batters.

Poor babies.

Brian26
05-28-2006, 10:51 AM
Salty99 pointed this out to me at one of the games last week, and it's a perfect example. Watch when AJ grounds out or pops out. When he runs back to the dugout, he usually runs right past the pitcher's mound.

D. TODD
05-28-2006, 10:54 AM
He is the perfect example of a guy you love on your team, but is a prick as your opponent. I can easily recall a heated debate here at WSI when Kenny was looking at picking him up. Many wanted no part of his act. Some was from his Giants experience, which I think was more of his pitching staff, but most was from how hated he was by Sox fans with the Twins. If he were still on the Twins or another rival don't fool yourself our fanbase would hate him! He is our WORLD SERIES champion catcher and plays hard so it's easy to love him while he wears a Sox uniform.

D. TODD
05-28-2006, 10:56 AM
Salty99 pointed this out to me at one of the games last week, and it's a perfect example. Watch when AJ grounds out or pops out. When he runs back to the dugout, he usually runs right past the pitcher's mound. True he also is known for some extra contact at times while crossing first base, (fair or not I'm not sure with that one). Gamesmanship or a prick depends if he is playing with or against you.

michned
05-28-2006, 10:59 AM
He's always struck me as the kind of guy who will say something to someone to get in their head, and when the opposing player reacts, he'll just give you that, "What, what'd I do?" reaction. Everybody knew someone like that as a kid.

Think about how you felt about that kid... :cool:

JohnBasedowYoda
05-28-2006, 10:59 AM
he's a catcher for the WS Champs.

CHEESESOXER
05-28-2006, 01:36 PM
There used to be a hockey player named Ken Linesman, AKA the rat.
He'd just yak yak yak till someone reacted and got a penalty.
It's good for your own team but, you could kill a guy like that on another team.

batmanZoSo
05-28-2006, 04:14 PM
Salty99 pointed this out to me at one of the games last week, and it's a perfect example. Watch when AJ grounds out or pops out. When he runs back to the dugout, he usually runs right past the pitcher's mound.

That's a perfect example of what AJ's all about. It's all those little things that get under the other guy's skin. Running right past the mound, tossing the bat extra hard when he draws a walk, all kinds of gestures that get pitchers ticked off, tapping his cleats with the bat in anticipation of the next pitch. It's so great. :D:

Frontman
05-28-2006, 05:50 PM
It's also his confidence and the way he carries himself. Some consider that bravado, so consider it arrogant. When a man like that is on your side, that confidence rubs off on you and the rest of the team. When a guy like that is your opponent, the arrogance can make you make a mistake. AJ knows that, his teammates know it, and more importantly, his opponents know that and struggle with having to fight against being distracted by it.

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SoxEd
05-28-2006, 05:52 PM
When a guy like that is your opponent, the arrogance can make you make a mistake. AJ knows that, his teammates know it, and more importantly, his opponents know that and struggle with having to fight against being distracted by it.

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Yep - just ask Roy Oswalt!

jabrch
05-28-2006, 06:53 PM
To me, AJ is a lot like Laimbeer was with the Pistons. You love him as a teammate (except I guess for some of the Giants) but you hate to play against him.

I love cheering for him. He is a perfect Sox.

chisoxfanatic
05-28-2006, 07:01 PM
I can't put it any other way than to say that AJ friggen RULES!

I absolutely love his antics (he hasn't done things to physically hurt opposing players), and I love how great a leader he is in the clubhouse.

AJ is the Dennis Rodman of MLB, and I absolutely LOVED Dennis Rodman!

PAPChiSox729
05-28-2006, 07:03 PM
AJ is my favorite player. Whatever he does, he does it well. Goooo AJ!

wassagstdu
05-28-2006, 07:42 PM
He's aggressive in a way that stays just below the level where you have to react. After clobbering Barrett (totally fairly) he invaded his space in a way that wasn't an attack but was aggressive enough that a guy that just got knocked on his can couldn't not react. I was reminded of the Presidential debate in 1996 when Bill Clinton invaded Bob Dole's space and Dole said something stupid about getting out of his way and proved that he was not Presidential timber. If you like him, it's brilliant. If you don't, he's an ass. I do.

GregoryEtc
05-28-2006, 08:46 PM
http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/78qKrteW.jpg
"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television. If you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?"

jongarlandlover
05-28-2006, 08:49 PM
http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/78qKrteW.jpg
"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television. If you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?"

:rolling: niiice.

ChiSoxNationPres
05-28-2006, 11:35 PM
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"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television. If you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?"


I believe those are the words of Jake Taylor of the Indians in Major League.
I like it.

Frontman
05-28-2006, 11:56 PM
http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/78qKrteW.jpg
"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television. If you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?"

I believe that's AJ when he's not at his prime. I think AJ's smacktalk when he's really on is unprintable due to the language filters.

oeo
05-29-2006, 12:49 AM
He's aggressive in a way that stays just below the level where you have to react. After clobbering Barrett (totally fairly) he invaded his space in a way that wasn't an attack but was aggressive enough that a guy that just got knocked on his can couldn't not react. I was reminded of the Presidential debate in 1996 when Bill Clinton invaded Bob Dole's space and Dole said something stupid about getting out of his way and proved that he was not Presidential timber. If you like him, it's brilliant. If you don't, he's an ass. I do.

He invaded Barrett's space? :?:

Kind of hard to get around a guy that just wants to pick a fight. Barrett took a step to his left and stopped AJ. I really don't think, in this instance, that AJ was trying to do anything to piss anyone off.

getonbckthr
05-29-2006, 12:58 AM
AJ reminds of Paul Newman in Slapshot when he iritates his opponents to a point of such aggravation they have no option other than to somehow react.

twentywontowin
05-29-2006, 01:37 AM
AJ reminds of Paul Newman in Slapshot when he iritates his opponents to a point of such aggravation they have no option other than to somehow react.

"She's a lesbian! A lesbian! A lesbian!"

GregoryEtc
05-29-2006, 02:49 AM
http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/78qKrteW.jpg
"Steve Perry, Steve Perry, Steve Perry! STEVE PERRY!!!!!!"

http://media.scout.com/media/image/25/256411.jpg
"Dude, I thought we said no more Journey psyche-outs."

Steelrod
05-29-2006, 07:50 AM
Another guy who said a lot of smack to his opponents, Michael Jordan!
Doing whatever it takes to win!
Both Winners, keep it up AJ.

wassagstdu
05-29-2006, 08:13 AM
He invaded Barrett's space? :?:

Kind of hard to get around a guy that just wants to pick a fight. Barrett took a step to his left and stopped AJ. I really don't think, in this instance, that AJ was trying to do anything to piss anyone off.

I don't want to criticize AJ because I think everything he did was well within bounds. But how often does he pick up his own helmet at the plate? What was Barrett supposed to do, step out of his way? It was confrontational, but not like a bearhug and a punch. So AJ did provoke the incident, but not by doing anything wrong, in my opinion. If you fine him for that you are looking for Japanese baseball etiquette on the field.

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FedEx227
05-29-2006, 09:39 AM
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"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television. If you don't blow it. Saw your wife last night. Great little dancer. That guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend, but tell me, what was he doing with her panties on his head?"

"Don't think that ones got the distance...!"

Baby Fisk
05-29-2006, 09:46 AM
A.J. treats baseball like pro wrestling. The smack talk, the theatrics. If he could enter every game by walking down a ramp from centerfield with strobes and smoke machines and loud music, he would. All he needs is a World Series Belt to wave at the crowd. Fans booed him each time he came to the plate in Toronto, and I'm sure he loves being the villain.

Lorelei
05-29-2006, 10:57 AM
A.J. treats baseball like pro wrestling. The smack talk, the theatrics.

I always thought that smack talk and theatrics (at least to an extent) have been a part of baseball since it began. The quote appearing in this thread from major league is a prime example. He has an intense attitude , but I don't think you can say that AJ is trying to be a pro wrestler on the ball field. He's got an ability to play a psychological game of baseball... I say let him use that ability

As long as he's on the White Sox and uses that ability for good not evil. :smile:

hawkjt
05-29-2006, 11:08 AM
truthfully, I have noticed that AJ has like a fetish about keeping the equipment picked up around home plate. The other day he scored and then went out of his way to run over and pick up a bat that was not in the baseline or anything close to a danger.

I am serious, I have noticed this with AJ before. I assume is just an ingrained habit as a catcher that wants the area clear of ipediments.

Noted that Hawk said the other day that his daughter and AJ's wife were roommates at FSU back in the day. Hawk has always said he has watched AJ play ball in florida since he was a sophmore in HS and obviously the connection is even deeper. Another contradiction is AJ's love for U. of Florida yet marrying an FSU gal.

I have this picture of Hawks daughter fending off advances from AJ when her roommate is out of the room. Just kidding!

viagracat
05-29-2006, 11:36 AM
I believe those are the words of Jake Taylor of the Indians in Major League.
I like it.

Another line from "Major League": "How's your wife and my kid?" :D:

Baby Fisk
05-29-2006, 11:59 AM
I always thought that smack talk and theatrics (at least to an extent) have been a part of baseball since it began. The quote appearing in this thread from major league is a prime example. He has an intense attitude , but I don't think you can say that AJ is trying to be a pro wrestler on the ball field. He's got an ability to play a psychological game of baseball... I say let him use that ability

As long as he's on the White Sox and uses that ability for good not evil. :smile:

:welcome:

I guess the approach to smack talk and theatrics in baseball is a little more understated (unless you are an ass like Zambrano). That's why when A.J. acts up, it stands out more. Honestly, I wasn't sure why Toronto fans were booing A.J., unless it was just for the sake of booing someone with a "reputation". He's never had a run-in with any Jays players. Then again, Jays fans are far less knowledgeable than Sox fans and tend to boo or cheer at the drop of a hat, without knowing what's really going on.

jongarlandlover
05-29-2006, 12:28 PM
I have this picture of Hawks daughter fending off advances from AJ when her roommate is out of the room. Just kidding!

haha.

McCuddy
05-30-2006, 09:56 AM
:welcome:

Then again, Jays fans are far less knowledgeable than Sox fans and tend to boo or cheer at the drop of a hat, without knowing what's really going on.

Sorry to hear that that's changed. I went to the old "ex" in '83 and '86 and found the fans to be very knowledgeable - at least the ones I got a chance to talk with.

yesenia
05-30-2006, 10:06 AM
I can't put it any other way than to say that AJ friggen RULES!

I absolutely love his antics (he hasn't done things to physically hurt opposing players), and I love how great a leader he is in the clubhouse.

AJ is the Dennis Rodman of MLB, and I absolutely LOVED Dennis Rodman!

He's my favorite guy right now. He is so Chicago to me. Crazy as hell, likes to start trouble but very dependable and loyal. Yeah...hes a son of Chicago. From what I've heard from fans in Minnesota was that everyone loved AJ (they called him Aj not A.J.) but from what I read the players just couldn't take his antics. He's the little brother that you want to get rid of but yeah, when hes on your team you cant ask for anything more. He has his number for a reason and thats what people should pay attention to. I think AJ is old school. He likes to get into the players heads and screw with them.

Hangar18
05-30-2006, 10:22 AM
Ironically, the more the Chicago Media brands him as an "INSTIGATOR" and "IRRITANT", the more hes becoming a cult-hero for SOX FANS and fans in general. As soon as the Chicago Media figures out that they are really putting a SOX player on a pedestal (instead of a Cub player) they will STOP
their nonsense. Watch.

southside rocks
05-30-2006, 11:29 AM
I got curious about AJ's reputation and how he acquired it, and on a quick search I found a fan website: http://www.aj-pierzynski.com/main.html

If you click the "articles" tab on that site, you will find a whole bunch of press cuttings over AJ's career, including the ones about him being called a "clubhouse cancer." Some very good stuff there, and I only gained more respect for AJ after reading it.

"He makes guys frustrated," Twins outfielder Torii Hunter said. "It's his body language and demeanor. He ticks people off."

And yet people will cheer for Barry Bonds. Go figure.

Jerko
05-30-2006, 11:42 AM
Just noticed in today's times: The AJ chronicles. All his trangressions are printed neatly there.

Frontman
05-30-2006, 08:58 PM
Just noticed in today's times: The AJ chronicles. All his trangressions are printed neatly there.

Ok, got the paper. Basically, his problem is that he talks, he smiles, and he alledegly kneed a trainer in the groin in front of a full house with noone noticing in the stands.

Listen, AJ is just a guy that folks have targeted out as being "trouble." While at times he does provoke others (see his "rile it up" arm waves after getting punched last weekend) but talking smack about the other team is being a trouble maker? Ok, then just about every man who ever has played a professional sport and hasn't kissed the rear of the opposing team is then considered a troublemaker.

If AJ was in football, noone would notice him. The problem is that in baseball, its usually "Well, the best team will win. They could just of easily have lost, its an even match, etc." Can't say you're good. Can't say, "We're better than them," or anything of the sort. Which is nothing further from the truth. You mean to tell me that the Royals, the Cubs, and the Marlins are just as good as the Cardinals, the Sox, and the Tigers? AJ just has the guts to say, "Hey, we're the better team, its going to take some luck for the Cubs to win 2 or 3 off of us."

Seriously, I ran out to get that paper to finally understand AJ's "rep." Now all I see is that its a case of crybaby behavior.

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Lillian
05-31-2006, 06:27 AM
He may just be the heart and soul of this great White Sox team. He gets a bad "rap", but I don't know of anything he has done to deserve it. With all of the prima donnas, and jerks in pro sports, it's ironic that this is the guy that has gotten a bad rap.

Lillian
05-31-2006, 06:39 AM
You know the more I think about it, he is probably our most valuable player. Think of all of the things he contributes:
1) He is largerly responsible for our great pitching, as he calls a great game
2) He appears to have really helped Joe Crede to come out of his shell, and gain confidence.
3) He probably has the highest baseball IQ on the team. If you doubt the importance of that, you needn't go any further than cross town to see what a team lacking baseball IQ looks like.
4) He appears to be an effective leader in the club house, as well as on the field.
5) And he is a pretty good offense and defense player.

A.J. gets my vote for Sox MVP. God! I think he just got me psyched up!!

SOXSINCE'70
05-31-2006, 06:51 AM
He talks lots-o-trash behind the plate and it irritates the batters.

He did it a lot when he was a Twinkie. I believe the so called
"war of words" between the Sox and Twinks from 2001-2003 had plenty to do with AJ.Big mouths like Durham and "Gascan" Howry didn't help much,either.If he's on your team,you love him.If he's an opponent,
you hate his ass.

ma-gaga
05-31-2006, 09:45 AM
AJ is simply awesome. There is no way around it.

Gardenhire said he had two chairs in his office, one for AJ, and one for everyone else.

He's a talker. He's annoying. He's awesome.

BOO-YAH BABY!!!