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Ozzie reacts to Pierzynski story

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10_7_bdd_JD_get.jpgOzzie Guillen has always been in A.J. Pierzynski's corner.
As a friend at times, as a manager, and other times almost like a father giving his son a kick in the rear.
On Wednesday, it was the latter.
After reading Pierzynski's comments in a Sun-Times article about his immediate future on the South Side - or what could be the end of a five-plus year run - Guillen offered some words of advice: "The only thing I'm going to say is start playing the game.''
It was on Tuesday that the veteran catcher was asked about growing speculation that the Sox could trade him this season if they continue to slip in the standings, and he said, "I'm sure. I mean obviously everyone knows my situation, I'm a free agent at the end of the year. But I also know this, if it gets to about June then they can't trade me, so they're going to have to make a decision here pretty quick. Cause I'll be 10-5. Obviously I want to be in a place where I can win, but I would love to stay in Chicago. Up until then I have no say so in the matter, but if they find a move that they think is right and they think it will help the organization, there's nothing I can do. I'll go to a new team and be happy there, so ... I hope it works out here and this is my first choice.''
Guillen not only insisted that Pierzynski will remain his starting catcher, but also wants to see him turn his focus away from trade talk and the fact that he will be a free agent after the season.
"He's good,'' Guillen said. "He's not going to lose his job. I'm very happy with what I've got and I have a lot of optimism with what I have and I think A.J. is my catcher, hopefully he doesn't get hurt. But I believe in him. He doesn't have to worry about anything - not with me.
"But when you start making comments about your contract and how long you're going to be, when is your first day, when is your last day, I think it's not necessary. But I'm not going to tell my players what to say when your manager says whatever he wants. I respect that. ... He's my catcher until he gets traded or he's not here anymore. As long as I'm here, I don't see him why he's not going to be my catcher.''
Pierzynski is owed $6.25 million this season, but come June he will be granted the power to block any trade because he will be 10-5 [10 years in and the last five with the same team].
The Sox have Tyler Flowers in the minor leagues, but general manager Ken Williams told the Sun-Times back in the spring that he wasn't sure if he was ready to hand the keys of an experienced pitching staff to a young guy just yet.
Guillen did have a reaction to Pierzynski saying, "I'll go to a new team and be happy there.''
"A.J. is not an easy cookie to swallow. OK?'' Guillen said. "Be careful what you wish because they are not going to treat him the way we treat him. He's not going to have a smile on their face when he goes somewhere else and I know it for fact. A.J. has been great for me. Awesome. Awesome. But he's not an easy guy to manage or coach. Then I just leave it that way. I love him. I do love him. When A.J. got here, nobody liked him and now we like him a little, little bit more. And that's because of his reputation in the game.
"If A.J. goes somewhere else, good luck to the manager or coach that's going to be with him. That's all I've got to say. I've known him for five years and I know him very well.
"People can say whatever they want to say about him. Sometimes I want to kill him. I have more meetings with A.J. Pierzynski since being manager than I've had with anybody in my club since I got this job. Every time A.J. puts on that uniform, he goes out and kicks some butt.''

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14 Comments

You're a worthless hack, Cowley. I was glad to hear your interview on Fan590. You sounded as stupid as you look.

So much drama swirling around such a bad team..

Branden, go sit and spin.

Cowley, my sister and I love your work and follow you on every media outlet---radio, blog, online-print, and twitter.

Keep up the great work Journalist Extrodinaire

Nice spelling "Cowley Fans". Its great that your mama and aunt like your work but you shouldn't force them to gush over you.

Ha Ha, right on, the "Cowley Fans" post does seem to be Cowley's family. Is the Sun Times super cheap? Couldn't they get a more timely photo than one of Johnny Damon, two teams ago?

Uhhh, Cowley always posts odd/outdated pictures to go along with the article. I always found it funny, but I guess I can't expect everyone to have a sense of humor.

I fail to see why this is bad reporting, or the work of a "worthless hack." And I'm a Twins fan, so I typically hate anything White Sox related.

I thought they chose the picture because it showed something about the guy — Damon is clearly pissed at him ... I'm not familiar with it, and what was happening on that play, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was AJP cheating, and Damon going, "WTF?!"

I think it's a good picture to use. Not only because it shows Damon being annoyed with Pierzynski but you have to add in the fact that they were high school team-mates.

They could have used a current pic where someone is pissed at AJ

But would it be as good as Caveman Damon being pissed? Probably not.

The only picture that would be better than this, is possibly a stadium of 10,000 Blue Jay fans giving AJ the finger as he's up to bat. Not sure if this exists, though.

Joe Cowley probably doesn't choose what pictures go with his stories.

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hang in there sox fans,i am not about to do the white flag thing again,things will get better

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