Video: A.J. Pierzynski attempts to frame a pitch that bounced three feet in front of the plate

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People tend to hate A.J. Pierzynski. I think it’s mostly because he did something kinda lame against their team one time and they didn’t much care for it. Or it’s just based on reputation and word of mouth. People have been hating on Pierzynski for years and at some point you just get a rep you can’t shake.

But if he’s ON your team and you watch him play over several months you begin to love the guy. At least if you have any sense and taste. He just doesn’t give a damn about anything and there’s something fantastic about that.

Like this. This is beautiful. This is the sort of thing that makes watching your losing, skidding team on a random Monday night in August worthwhile:

 

Bogus that he didn’t get the call right there, man.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.