Well it looks like at least one member of the Chicago White Sox has something to do this October.
According to Michael Hiestand of the USA Today, Fox will announce on Monday that A.J. Pierzynski will be working the pre and post-game shows on-site during the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox catcher, says Fox spokesman Dan Bell, will join host Chris Rose and analyst Eric Karros in on-site pregame and postgame shows. Pierzynski, who has appeared in pro wrestling shows and has played 14 big-league seasons, is opinionated and sometimes an agitator. After his team's 2005 World Series championship, he publicly thanked his team "for putting up with me." Pierzynski inherits his Fox World Series role from ex-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who said this about managing Pierzynski: "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less." In other words, Pierzynski is supposed to bring an edginess to Fox's coverage in what could turn out to be a public audition for TV work.I was planning on coming up with a great joke to put here, but all I could come up with was "Let's hope A.J. doesn't have to throw anything back to the studio!" Which would have been terribly forced, so I'm not going to make it.
I'm not shocked by this move at all. A.J. has long been heralded as the "most hated player in baseball" and Fox is the same network that employs Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, so he'll fit right in.
There, that one was much better.