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SAN FRANCISCO It was one season 10 years ago, but Giants fans havent Vinny Curry Jersey forgiven for well, for being A.J. Pierzynski.The Cardinals catcher filled in for Yadier Molina in Game 3 of the NLCSon Tuesday after Molina strained his left oblique in Game 2 back in St. Louis. As his name was announced before the start of the game, the crowd at AT&T Park booed Pierzynski with a fervor typically reserved for the likes of Brian Wilson.Giants fans: Light applause for Mike Matheny (former SF catcher); rain of boos for A.J. Pierzynski (former SF catcher) Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) As expected, Giants fans boo AJ Pierzynski like hes the guy who celebrated Earth Day by setting a tire fire. Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) I wonder if Pierzynski sees a counselor after a season of getting booed in every stadium. STLCardinalBaseball (@STLCardinals01) MORE: | | | || When asked about thatreception, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong laughed and said, Ive seen Adrian Colbert Jersey that at a lot of different fields. I gue s A.J.s loved everywhere.Pierzynski is used to being the guy everyone loves to hate. His one season in San Francisco, in 2004, didnt do much to endear him to the fans or his teammates. He was acquired from the Twins in the offseason for three pitchers: Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser. The trade is widely considered to be one of the worst in Giants history. A fellow Giant that year called him a clubhouse cancer.Pierzynski said Tuesday felt quite familiar.I felt like I was still playing Tim Ward Jersey here, he said after the game, . I mean, that was about the same reception I got when I was a Giant. It made me feel right at home.Over the yearsPierzynski has been named the Most Hated Player in Baseballseveral times by publications such as Mens Journal, and its clear the fans love to loathe him.When the Cardinals announced their lineup for Game 3, the responses started pouring in.You know, an interesting thing about AJ Pierzynski is that even his family hates him. Because his family is part of "everybody." Sexy Jeb Lund (@Mobute) If Neshek pitches to Pierzynski, do you root for a Neshek strikeout, or for the ballpark to fall into the sea? Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) As a Cubs fan I hope the Cardinals don't make the world series. As a fan of humanity, I hope AJ Pierzynski doesn't make the world series. Joe Wagstaff (@Joe_Wagstaff) Much of the hatred Hamsah Nasirildeen Jersey for Pierzynski comes from stories of his bad behavior that he claims are just that stories. Fans before the game regaled each other with the tales:"Remember the time he kicked the trainer in the crotch?" (This one seems to be purely fiction, as Pierzynski and former Giants trainer Stan Conte have both denied it.)"How about the time he told the ump to give him a new ball one he could see?" (That one Wayne Chrebet Jersey s true. It got him ejected from a game.)"Or what about how he used to flip off Giants fans when he played for the team?"(The jurys out on that one.)A whole lot of them have been proven to not be true, Pierzynski said. But fictions always better than the truth. Nobody wants to hear the truth. It doesnt sell newspapers or gets hits online.True or false, Pierzynski seemed comfortable with the reception. Before the game, he told reporters he expected and was looking forward to the boos. And while Giants fans happily complied, it wasnt all boos for the veteran villain. Pierzynski went 0-for-4 in the game, and he received exuberant rounds of applause after each out.Erin Faulk is a documentary filmmaker and writer based in the Los Angeles area, best known for a unique brand of storytelling on Twitter. Examples of her work have appeared on Slate, Gawker Jarrod Wilson Jersey , Jezebel and other sites.
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