Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement through the team on A.J. Pierzynski, according to ESPN Chicago. Pierzynski has been a player with the White Sox for a long time, but recently signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Texas Rangers, and many are sad to see him go.
Reinsdorf named many specific moments from Pierzynski's time in Chicago, from his play in Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship series to his play behind the plate during the 2008 "Blackout Game." Reinsdorf said that every fan appreciates what Pierzynski did for the organization, and said that he epitomized Chicago's South Side through his toughness and attitude.
Reinsdorf wished Pierzynski well in Texas, and suggested that U.S. Cellular Field would be a ballpark in which Pierzyski is never booed.
According to the piece, Reinsdorf only releases statements like this when the club is losing one is its "most cherished players." The White Sox will take on the Rangers at home in a three-game series on Aug. 23-25, at which point we'll definitively see if Pierzynski draws any boos from the home crowd.