Reinsdorf speaks on Pierzynski's departure

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Reinsdorf speaks on Pierzynski's departure

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.

Bears chairman George McCaskey releases a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing

Bears chairman George McCaskey releases a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing

Bears chairman George McCaskey released a statement Tuesday morning after the passing of legendary Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who died at the age of 82.

“Buddy Ryan was the architect of the greatest defense our league has seen," McCaskey said. "He was brilliant when it came to the X’s and O’s of the game, but what made him special was his ability to create an unwavering confidence in the players he coached. 

"From the day he was hired in 1978, his defenses bought into more than the scheme, they bought into him and took on his personality. Buddy was brash, intelligent and tough. He was a perfect match for our city and team, which is why George Halas took the extraordinary step of keeping him at the behest of his defensive players while transitioning to a new coaching staff in 1982. 

"We will always be grateful for Buddy’s contribution to the Bears. He is one of the team’s all-time greats. Our prayers are with his family.”

McCaskey has been chairman since 2011, but his older brother, Michael, was chairman of the Bears during the last few years of Ryan's run as defensive coordinator, including the Super Bowl XX championship.

Former Bear Steve McMichael on Buddy Ryan's no-nonsense personality

Former Bear Steve McMichael on Buddy Ryan's no-nonsense personality

Buddy Ryan, the famed inventor of the "46" defense and the architect of arguably the greatest defense in NFL history, died Tuesday morning. He was 82. 

Ryan spent 26 seasons as an NFL coach, but his crowning achievement was as the defensive coordinator of the 1985 Chicago Bears. The always outspoken, tough loving Ryan was beloved by his players, who carried him off the field after the Bears' victory in Super Bowl XX.

Former Bears defensive tackle and a member of Ryan's 1985 defense, Steve McMichael, remembers the legendary coach for his no-nonsense personality. 

See what McMichael had to say about his former coach in the video above. 

CSN will re-air 1985 Bears Classic on Buddy Ryan's '46' defense

CSN will re-air 1985 Bears Classic on Buddy Ryan's '46' defense

As tribute to Buddy Ryan, CSN will re-air "The 46: The 1985 Chicago Bears Defense" Bears Classic Tuesday night at 11 p.m.

Ryan passed away at the age of 82, his agent confirmed Tuesday

Ryan was the architect of the "46" defense that led the Bears to their only Super Bowl championship.

CSN's Bears Classic — which originally aired in November 2015 — goes inside arguably the greatest defense in NFL history.