The Hate Is On
AJ Pierzynski
(AP)

The Man Everyone Loves to Hate Is Your 2014 Red Sox Catcher

Red Sox Agree to One Year Deal with Pierzynski
2013: Pierzynski Downplays Heated Exchange With Yu Darvish
2012: A.J. Was Named 'The Most Hated Man in Baseball' by Men's Journal
Pierzynski Takes a Shot at Boston Fan Favorite Mike Napoli in 2012 All-Star Snub
Remember When the Cubs' Michael Barrett Punched Pierzynski in the Face?
Salty? File Under: Nicest Guy in the 2013 Red Sox Clubhouse Finishes Last
2011: Anthony John Voted 'Baseball's Meanest Player' in Sports Illustrated
2006: A.J. Was The Player That Players Would 'Most Like to See Beaned'
Jake Peavy, Pierzynski Spat in White Sox Tunnel
Pierzynski and Peavy Talk About Their Spat
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"In a Menís 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 Iíve heard heís a bad teammate,' one National League pitcher tells Menís Journal. 'Heís been a prick to guys on his own pitching staff. Basically, if you havenít got five years in the big leagues, he treats you like youíre a peasant. Heís that kind of guy.'" --2012 Men's Journal survey

"If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less... I don't think he's a smartass. I think he's an ass without the smart." -- Ozzie Guillen on A.J. Pierzynski to ESPN the Magazine

"I don't know what people expect me to be like. I think the media can decide you're either a bad guy or a good guy, and they can keep pounding it until everyone thinks it's true. I get tired of the crap. Every day you read the newspaper, you have to hope that somebody didn't say something or write something that'll make you have to defend yourself." -- A.J. Pierzynski to ESPN the Magazine

"People like to stamp guys from the beginning. One guy says it, and then everyone else follows what that guy says, and then, boom." -- David Ortiz, Pierzynski's teammate with the Twins from 1998 to 2002



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