Posted at 10:59 AM on May 9, 2007
by David Zingler
Did anyone else notice A.J. Pierzynski’s visible disgust with David Aardsma after he air-mailed the first pitch of what was supposed to be an intentional walk of Nick Punto in the 8th inning last night? The controversial catcher looked back into the dugout and shrugged his shoulders as if to say, “Are you going to come get this guy or what?”
When Aardsma caused A.J. to leave his feet on the second pitch, he looked around with his arms out, acting like he wanted nothing to do with Aardsma, which only antagonized the crowd to further jeer his teammate. Pierzynski had a great run here and netted the Twins Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano, so I hate to call him out, but you can’t do that to teammate, especially on the road. Catchers are supposed to be a supportive, calming influence on their pitchers. I guess A.J. missed that memo. Thankfully, the next two pitches were on target. It was painful to watch.