I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU, I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU, I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU.

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Did you kids see what that dastardly character AJ Pierzynski did now? After making a heads up move to advance on BJ Upton's center field dilly dallying, on the next play, AJ got caught in a pickle. He appeared to be a dead man running but somehow actively finagled his way into an obstruction call. He's so creative! Here's the rundown* from Joe Smith at the St. Pete Times:

White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski became the center of attention in the 10th, when, after getting caught in a rundown between second and third, he tripped, fell and was tagged by Rays SS Jason Bartlett. But second base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that Rays 3B Willy Aybar interfered with Pierzynski, allowing the colorful catcher to advance to third. Pierzynski later scored on Alexei Ramirez's bases-loaded single.

Aybar said he tried to get out of Pierzynski's way, and only made contact after Pierzynski stuck his arm out. Bartlett said he heard Pierzynski yell, "Obstruction!" after he fell, and Pierzynski admitted afterward that he was thinking about trying to get an interference call.

"That was the first thing I thought of, to get somebody to get close enough to where I could touch them. People go, 'How do you think of that, that fast? Well, if you're not fast, you have to think of a lot of things to try to get you out of bad baserunning."

Vegas watch has a good shot of AJ reaching out and touching Aybar. That guy is such a card. A couple weeks ago when we were writing for Yahoo, some commenter took offense to me singling out Pierzynski when talking about a brawl. He may have had a point, but I still have two fundamental points of contention on my side. Yahoo commenters are dumb, and AJ Pierzynski is SUPER obnoxious.

*get it?


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12 Comments

I wasn't convinced they even made contact when I saw it, but that picture's a pretty good shot. Someone should give Pierzynksi a piledriver, powerbomb, or crossface chicken wing.

Plus, have you seen that fat jerk's bleached hair?

@Freetzy - have you seen his average?

I'd love to be able to defend AJ's "tactics", but even I'd probably punch him.

HEADS U
HEADS UP BASERUNNING

AJ just has a certain puchability about him.

@ Quick Draw: he needs a FARTHAMMER.

@Quick Draw,
The crossface chickenwing is even more effective if you drug your victim.

The reason I know AJ is a villain is because he grew that handlebar moustache, started smiling extremely wide, and constantly rubs his hands together as if he were planning something quite evil.

Doug Eddings also made the call in the 2005 ALDS against the Angels.

IS EDDINGS FROM CHICAGO?!/1

WTF DOES TEH SHRIMP HAVE TO DO WIT ANYTHING???/???

Eddings is a sucker for superb sports entertainment acting skills.

So does anyone know what time this whole "double header" thing starts for the white sox today?

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