This face says it all. When the All-Star roster was announced a certain players name was missing, and it just so happened to be White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Let’s just say he’s not very happy with the situation. What can you expect when you’re consistently topping lists like the “MLB’s Most Hated Players.” It’s not rocket science dude – you probably won’t be winning any popularity contests.
Statistically speaking, it wasn’t the most scientific study but, “In a Men’s Journal survey of 100 Major League Baseball players, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was voted “most hated player” with 34% of the votes. “He likes to talk a lot of sh**, and I’ve heard he’s a bad teammate,” one National League pitcher tells Men’s Journal. “He’s been a prick to guys on his own pitching staff. Basically, if you haven’t got five years in the big leagues, he treats you like you’re a peasant. He’s that kind of guy.”
Whether you love him or your hate him, Pierzynski is having one of his best seasons in a White Sox uniform at 35 (he’s batting .285, 14 home runs and 45 RBI) and the Sox are even in first place. I can understand his snippy attitude toward his All-Star exclusion.
Fans voted the Texas Rangers’ Mike Napoli (.235, 12 home runs, 30 RBI) as the starting catcher. The players selected Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (.249, 11 HR, 38 RBI). Rangers manager Ron Washington, who will be leading the American League squad, also chose Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.324, four HR, 36RBI). After selecting Mauer, Washington said he “felt bad” for A.J.
Pierzynski recently expressed his displeasure with reporters last Sunday, “If (Washington) felt that bad he would have put me on the team,” Pierzynski said. “He had an opportunity to and he didn’t do it. Obviously, he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn’t feel that bad.”
Honestly, part of A.J.’s All-Star snub is a reflection of the poor White Sox fan base. Sox fans haven’t exactly been supportive at the gate this season, which helps explain why his vote total was low.
I know he won’t be heading to Kansas City July 10th for the All-Star game, but lets just embrace the “bad boy” reputation and remember what’s really important here. You don’t get a fancy diamond ring for being an All-Star. A.J. needs to keep playing his toosh off and get himself to another World Series.