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A.J. Pierzynski: ‘I know everyone expects me to be bitter … but I’m not’

08.06.14 at 12:24 am ET
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Former Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, now with the Cardinals, suggested that he harbored no resentment towards Boston or the Red Sox in the wake of the team’s decision to release him last month. Pierzynski, 37, played 72 games for the Sox, hitting .254 with a .286 OBP and .348 slugging mark in 72 games at the time that the Sox parted ways with him, a bit more than halfway through his one-year, $8.25 million deal with the team.

“I love Boston. The city, I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the heck out of it. Boston was great. I have no hard feelings,” Pierzynski told reporters in St. Louis. “I know everyone expects me to be bitter and to be mad but I’€™m not, I’€™m really not. It was great. I got to go home, have a nice two-week vacation with my family. And then we get a call to join an organization like the Cardinals is hard to turn down.

“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 one, that’€™s it. Didn’€™t really talk about it, just thanked them for the opportunity and that was it,” Pierzynski added about the Sox’ decision to release him. “Things didn’€™t work out in Boston. To end up here was pretty cool. We have a long way to go and hopefully we can find a way to get to the postseason.”

Pierynski said that he was unsurprised to be the focus of criticism after he’d been released.

‘€œI’€™d expect nothing less,” the catcher told reporters. “I’€™m a Cardinal now so whatever people in Boston say they’€™re going to say. There’€™s nothing I can say to defend it or anything. All I can say is nobody said anything to me while I was there so whatever was said after I left I saw a little bit of it but I really didn’€™t pay a lot of attention to it and I’€™m a Cardinal now and if you guys want to talk about that, that’€™s fine.

“It seems like every time someone’€™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 the way it is in everything today, in life today,” he later added. “Nobody said anything to me while I was there so whatever was said after I left is not a big deal to me. I don’€™t really take that with too much ‘€“ it doesn’€™t really bother me because it’€™s easy to say things once people are gone.”

Pierzynski went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored the game-winning run in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Sox on Tuesday. He’s now hitting .320/.333/.360.

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