Reinsdorf speaks on Pierzynski's departure

Reinsdorf speaks on Pierzynski's departure
December 26, 2012, 9:47 pm
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The White Sox said goodbye to catcher A.J. Pierzynski last week, as the enigmatic veteran inked a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

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Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement on Pierzynski Wednesday.

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A.J. Pierzynski played a major role in many of the greatest moments in recent Chicago White Sox history," Reinsdorf said. "From reaching first base in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series, to his double in Game 3 of the World Series in Houston, to his performance behind the plate during the 2008 'Blackout Game' division-winning 1-0 victory, A.J. was a key contributor, often in his own very unique way.

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Every White Sox fan appreciates and celebrates what A.J. meant to this organization during his time in Chicago. A.J. epitomized Chicagos South Side through his toughness, his attitude, his flair for the dramatic and his passion for the game. He came to compete and to win every day.

A.J. will forever be appreciated and remembered by White Sox fans as a very special member of this franchise. He earned that spot in our hearts. I personally wish A.J. the very best with the Rangers and with the rest of his career. I suspect U.S. Cellular Field will be one ballpark where A.J. Pierzynski will never be booed. Hes earned our cheers.