Wednesday, March 2, 2011
By Brett Ballantini
A.J. Pierzynski wasnt scheduled to catch on Wednesday vs. the Cincinnati Reds, but he caught something anyhow.
Apparently, I was going too fast on the highway trying to get here, trying to get prepared for the game, Pierzynski admitted, with his Campbell Soup Kid grin. I wasnt in a good mental state for this game. Thank God I was only DHing.
What truly bewildered the veteran catcher was that he was wearing his White Sox uniformand still took a ticket on the chin.
Ive never been pulled over in my uniform and given a ticket, he said. Full uniform, that was interesting. So I loved it when he said, Oh, you play for the White Sox? I said, How did you guess? Figure it out.
A series of pregame tweets by Guillen (A.J. Pierzynski got a ticket coming to play the Reds lol With the uniform on thats funny. Arizona police are awesome lol. Please policeman, be nice, send insurance card back to A.J. He is a good kid, he only has like 223 tickets in his life lol lol.) broke the news that his catcher had been caught speedingwhile in full uniformby an Arizona trooper.
That was the funniest, Guillen said. The way we played the last couple of days, the ticket was awesome news. We were begging the police to at least give him his insurance card back.
The catcher was in full uniform, but couldnt talk his way out of the ticket. There was initial talk in the clubhouse that the ticket issuer identified himself as a Cubs fan, but Pierzynski denied that.
I cant believe people hate A.J. like that, Guillen said, possibly not believing even his own words. Youre wearing a major-league uniform, you think youre going to get a break.
The rapscallion backstop also was coy about whether he was driving 75 mph in a 65 zone. When asked whether he thought he was speeding, he smiled and replied, I cannot comment on that. Talk to my lawyer.
Playing in the game as the designated hitter, Pierzynski went 0-for-3 with two RBI.
Pierzynski noted, and Guillen confirmed, there was a collection being taken up in the dugout during the gamebut not to help out the teams controversial catcher.
They said in the dugout theyd get a collection going, Pierzynski noted, if they could get the cop to taze me.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.