A-Rod informed viewers Pierzynski was “loved by his teammates, despised by his opponents,” but said the perception of Pierzynski as a villain was “way off-base.” In truth, Pierzynski cultivated his role of a villain to great effect, which is why he’s so beloved on the South Side. Former Sox manager Ozzie Gullen once said: “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”
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