Sunday, January 12, 2014

A. J. Pierzynski Appears At Jimmy Fund Event

(A.J. Pierzynski—FenwayNation Photo)
He helped the Pale Hose end a drought in 2005, and now—after a brief stop in Arlington, Texas— A. J. Pierzynski is donning Carmine Hose. He started his Boston career by participating in a signature Jimmy Fund event on Saturday—New Stars For Young Stars at Jillian's. We had a chance to chat with A.J. and ask him about one of his Single A teammates in the Twins organization—one David Ortiz. Pierzynski recalls hanging out at a young Big Papi's apartment in Ft. Myers watching TV. He also remembers a game when the opponents brought in a tough lefty to face Ortiz in the 9th inning. He hit a game-winning HR. Pierzynski's intensity is well-documented (some would say notorious)—but it's his consistent offensive and defensive play that are likely to help the Red Sox this year. He's a guy who works hard, prepares and usually delivers on the field. You probably don't know that he was a member of the National Honor Society in high school—it likely doesn't fit your pre-conceived notion of him. He's been battling 'pre-conceived notions' his whole career. Don't underestimate Pierzynski or his impact on this team and this pitching staff.