Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He often basked in it during his years with the Chicago White Sox.
Now that the 36-year old is the new kid on the block with a new team, Pierzynski is just getting comfortable in his new red, white and blue skin.
On Monday night, Pierzynski stepped to the plate with two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and promptly sent a shot that just cleared the wall.
It looked as though the game was headed for extra innings after Texas Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre‘s deep fly ball fell just short of the fence. But Pierzynski sent Los Angeles Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitch deep enough to give the visiting Texas team the lead in the top of the frame. It held up and was enough for the Ranger’s win 7-6.
Pierzynski’s fourth home run of the season shows that the old catcher still has plenty of pop in his bat not to mention plenty of dramatics in his bag of tricks as well. He was booed the entire night at every at bat, but seemed unfazed—almost relished it. That was evident in the ninth.
When all eyes were of course focused on ex-Ranger Josh Hamilton, who was mired in a nasty early season slump, it was money in the bank for Pierzynski to steal the spotlight from the high priced free agent.
The Angels and Rangers will for sure play many games like this through the course of the season. If you like big offense with lots of fireworks, then don’t tune out the AL West with these two rivals slugging it out.