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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski Dismiss Issue Over Mid-Game Argument

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday night and was knocked out of the game by the Cubs in the 6th inning. Something must have been said by catcher A.J. Pierzynski when Jake got the hook, because he pointed at A.J. upon leaving the mound:

Peavy later confronted Pierzynski in the dugout when the half-inning ended, and the two went into the tunnel to sort out their issues. Pierzynski joked after the game that they were talking SEC football. Peavy joked that they were talking hunting. Whatever the issue was, it was clear the two were keeping it in-house and out of the public’s eye.

Talk about a lesson in public relations, these guys were amazing in their display of solidarity after the game. Check out the love fest they had after the game:

“Like I said, I love A.J. Pierzynski to death,” Peavy said. “He competes his rear end off and has for many years. He won a World Series here. I would like to do that again with him. Me and A.J. have absolutely no beef and have had no beef since I’ve been over here.”

“We’re fine,” Pierzynski said. “I love Jake Peavy. He’s a great competitor, and in the heat of the moment, things happen. And it wasn’t a big deal. I guess it was caught on camera. But it wasn’t a big deal.”

Ozzie seemed to indicate there may have been an issue over signs. My guess is Peavy wasn’t happy with the pitches Pierzynski called. Even though there doesn’t seem to be an issue, I will say that Pierzynski always seems to be in the middle of some sort of melee, whether it’s with teammates or opponents.

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