Pierzynski: ‘If you need me to fight the guy, I’ll fight the guy’

A.J. Pierzynski at the receiving end of a punch from Michael Barrett of the Chicago Cubs in 2006.

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Veteran catcher and ruffian A.J. Pierzynski knows his role. At least he knows the role that he plays best: the masked villain.

"I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win," Pierzynski said. "If you need me to fight the guy, I’ll fight the guy. I’ll do whatever it takes because I want to win the game. For three hours, I don’t care who is pitching [against my team]. Mark Buehrle is one of my good friends. But when we’re facing him, I want to kill him. Then afterwards, we’ll go out and get a beer."

Pierzynski also sounds like the type of guy you’d want to get a beer with, particularly if you’re the type of guy who couples loose lips with beer muscles.

[H/T Hardball Talk]

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