Pierzynski appreciates 'most hated' awards

Pierzynski appreciates 'most hated' awards
February 26, 2014, 2:15 am
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A.J. Pierzynski knows that you hate him.

And guess what? He embraces it. In fact, it seems like he almost thrives off it.

One thing is for sure, after speaking with CSNNE's Jessica Moran, it's clear that it certainly doesn't bother him one bit.

"The funny thing about all those polls is they're all anonymous people, no one ever puts their name on it," Pierzynski said. "I always get these anonymous quotes from an N.L. pitcher who I've probably never even said two words to in my life. So how do they know if you're nice or not.

Nonetheless, Pierzynski keeps coming up on these lists of players not liked.

"It's become kind of a laughing running joke in my family, I think whenever one comes out people will be like, 'Oh, you won this one this year.' They always change the wording just the little bit. I have a running streak going, so hopefully I can keep that going for a while."

And talk about turning what many would think is a bad thing into a good thing. Pierzynski has turned the hate into opportunities.

"I appreciate them all, so keep voting out there guys because it's gotten me a lot of good things off the field," he said. "It's gotten me the opportunity to do a bunch of television stuff. It's gotten me wrestling [opportunities]."

But one thing Pierzynski doesn't want is his own teammates to dislike him. After watching the Sox play last year, he thought it would be a great place that he'd fit in.

"Just seeing them last year and the way they competed. Obviously they won a World Series so it's easy to say that," he said. "Just being there for the World Series and being able to watch and see how they like each other, how they got along, and how they went about their business, it was something that you definitely want to be a part of as a player."