A.J. Pierzynski - November 7, 2012


Major League Baseball Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is playing in the Pro-Am portion of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic on Thursday and Friday this week. He played for the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and is now a free agent for 2013. This week, he is playing with Brian Harman on Thursday and with Brian Gay on Friday. Pierzynski is a left-handed golfer so he is especially looking forward to playing with fellow lefty Brian Harman and is also pleased to see the great performances by Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson in 2012.

He began playing golf when he was 8 or 9 years old when he was growing up and used to live across the street from a golf course where he would often go to hit balls and play. He is right-handed in everything that he does except in golf and in baseball. He admits that there are times when he has to search extra hard to find a glove for his right hand or a left-handed drive because there are not as many left-handed players as right-handed players. The baseball offseason coincides with the golf offseason so it is fun to be able to play golf with a lot of very good professional golfers.

When he watches golf on television, he enjoys watching anyone who is winning and he particularly enjoys watching the best players in the world compete on very difficult courses because he can relate to some of their struggles on the course. It is also fun to watch his friends compete on the PGA TOUR because he has the ability to send them a text message or a phone call after seeing them hit a great shot or shoot a great round.

As a free agent, he has a decision to make about where he will play in 2013. He is not nervous about it because spring training is several months away and he is unable to even sign with someone at this moment. Another factor is the fact that he has been through this process before. The first time he was a free agent, he was very anxious and spent way too much time worrying about it. He learned that he needs to trust his agent and let him do his job while he tries to be as informed as he can be about the process without worrying about it too much. He had one of his best seasons in 2012 and it is a relief to go into the free agent process off of a great season although age is becoming a bigger question than it was earlier in his career.