ST. LOUIS -- A.J. Pierzynski saw a pack of reporters from Boston approaching his locker in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse and feigned surprise at their presence.
"I don't have anything to say,'' said Pierzynski, who was designated for assignment last month by the Red Sox signed two weeks later with the Cardinals.
But, of course, Pierzynski seldom has nothing to say.
He said he wasn't blindsided when the Red Sox designated him for assignment on July 16.
"No, no,'' he said. "I don't know if I saw it coming but I know how this game works. It's a business and that's fine. I didn't really ask for a reason; they didn't really give me on. That's it. Didn't really talk about it; just thanked them for the opportunity and that was it.''
Pierzynski said he regarded his experience in Boston as "positive. I loved Boston. I loved the city. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the heck out of it. Living in Boston was great. I have no hard feelings. I know everyone expects me to be bitter, to be mad. I'm not, I'm really not.''
Pierzynski was of course aware that his departure wasn't mourned in the Red Sox clubhouse. Some players viewed his release as addition-by-subtraction.
"I'd expect nothing less,'' said Pierzynski. "I'm a Cardinal now, so whatever people in Boston say, they're going to say. I mean there's nothing I can say to defend it. All I can say is no one said anything to me while I was there. Whatever was said after I left, I saw a little bit of it, but I didn't really pay a lot of attention to it. But I'm a Cardinal now and if you guys wants to talk about that, that's fine.''
When asked to expand on his "I'd expect nothing less,'' comment Pierzynski offered: "It seems like every time somebody's let go from a team, no matter what team it is, there's always something that's said. That's just the way it is in sports today, and everything, in life today.
"Like I said, nobody said anything while I was there, so whatever was said after I left is not a big deal to me. I don't really...it doesn't really bother me because it's easy to say things once people are gone.''
Facing his former teammates won't feel stranded, he added, "because it's not like I was there for years and years...They're there, they're on the other side and we're going to try and beat them.''
Pierzynski said his experience to date in St. Louis has been "great .Good times. Just came in and just trying to not get in the way and just play and have fun...Things didn't work out in Boston and to end up here was pretty cool. But we have a long way to go and hopefully we can get to the post-season.''
The experience of changing teams in the middle of the season can be a challenge for any player, but especially for a catcher, who has a lot to learn in a hurry.
"It's the first time I've ever switched teams in the middle of the season,'' he said. "It's kind of been a crash course. The pitching staff's been really good communicating with me. It's been, I wouldn't say easy...but it's been as easy as it can be, especially coming to a team in the middle of the season.
"Guys switch teams so much and you play interleague every year, so there's not as much a learning curve as there used to be when guys didn't switch teams and there was no interleague. But now with the interleague, bouncing around so much, you really get to see a lot of these teams.''