A.J. Pierzynski wore catcher’s gear for 19 seasons. Now he is unmasked.A studio and game analyst for Fox Sports, Pierzynski met with Chicago baseball fans last week for an event at the Metropolitan Club.He seemed to remember everything from his career that spanned nearly two decades and included stints with the Twins (1998-2003), Giants (’04), White Sox (’05-12), Rangers (’13), Red Sox (’14), Cardinals (’14) and Braves (’15-16).After he signed with the White Sox, people around baseball predicted they would be no good. Pierzynski recalled going to spring training, seeing pitchers Freddy Garcia, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Mark Buehrle and Jose Contreras and thinking the pundits would be wrong. A hustle play by Scott Podsednik cemented his view.“The first play of spring training, there was a foul ball down the left-field line,” Pierzynski recalled. “Pods dove into the wall and slid and caught it. I was: ‘All right, this is what we’ve got.’ ”Here’s much more from Pierzynski:Ozzie Guillen once said of you, “I don’t think he’s a smart ass; I think he’s an ass without the smart.”Well, the funny part is people said that about Ozzie when he played, so now he’s just recycling lines.It takes one to know… Read full this story
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