For most of A.J. Pierzynski’s career we’ve heard some version of “opponents hate him, but teammates love him” applied to his ability to ruffle feathers on the field.
Last night, after spending eight seasons as the White Sox’s starting catcher, Pierzynski faced the White Sox as a member of the Rangers. He came off the bench as a pinch-hitter against his former battery-mate, closer Addison Reed, who promptly plunked Pierzynski in the shoulder.
Considering the game situation–ninth inning, 5-2 game–it seems far-fetched that Reed would hit Pierzynski on purpose–look how happy they were together in that picture!–which would merely make it an amusing coincidence.
Here’s what Pierzynski told the CSNChicago.com cameras afterward: