A.J. Pierzynski singles in the ninth inning Monday night in his return to Fenway Park. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

A.J. Pierzynski recalls 2014 when 'it was all blamed on me' and insists 'there's no hard feelings'

Mike Petraglia
June 15, 2015 - 7:26 pm

The irony of the current situation the Red Sox find themselves in is not lost on A.J. Pierzynski. The former Red Sox catcher, released last July 16 before being signed by St. Louis ten days later, returned Monday with the Braves and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox. The loss was Boston's seventh straight and dropped them a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 27-38. It was Pierzynski who was the target of anonymous criticism inside the Red Sox clubhouse after his departure. There were those who suggested his negative attitude was a reason for the 2014 team heading south and falling out of contention early in the summer. This year, despite a massive overhaul, that collapse is happening even sooner. Pierzynski told WEEI.com after Monday's game that he's not reveling in Boston's current misery. "Yeah, we went through it last year and it was all blamed on me, which I thought was funny," Pierzynski said. "They have good players over there and they have good people over there and I wish them nothing but the best." Pierzynski is referencing, of course, Red Sox sources inside the team's clubhouse that told Rob Bradford that the veteran catcher was a bad influence. But aside from a little humor, Pierzynski chose the high road on Monday night. "There's no hard feelings between me and the Red Sox organization," Pierzynski said. "I think people are expecting me to come in and [criticize]. But I have no hard feelings. Things just didn't work out the right way last year. And I ended up in a great place, in St. Louis and a chance to go the playoffs and that's what it's all about." Pierzynski joined another former Red Sox player, John Lackey, in St. Louis. The Cards beat the Dodgers in the NLDS before falling to Pablo Sandoval and the Giants in the National League Championship Series. "I thank the Red Sox and I thank the people here that supported me, the fans that were nice to me and look forward to playing here again [Tuesday]," Pierzynski said. While the Red Sox could not be colder, Pierzynski is red-hot, batting .341 (14-for-41) with eight runs and five RBIs in his last 12 games this month.