Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is no stranger to getting the old heave-ho, and he made another early exit Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Pierzynski, notorious for getting under others’ skin at times, added to his handful of career ejections in the fourth inning of an eventual walk-off loss in Cleveland. The veteran catcher was run by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott after apparently arguing balls and strikes while behind the plate.
After Brandon Workman issued a walk, Pierzynski was tossed after saying something to Wolcott. Whatever he said, it must have been a doozy because neither was very animated before the ejection or perhaps Wolcott had just enough.
“I don?t know. It happens,” Pierzynski told reporters. “Just the timing was rather odd. But you know, whatever. Stuff happens out there.
“I?ve been kicked out a couple of times in my career. I remember getting kicked out last year in a no-hitter. Stuff happens.”
Pierzynski is referring to the time last season when he was with the Texas Rangers and was ejected during the middle of Yu Darvish’s perfect game bid. Pierzynksi was tossed by Ron Kulpa for arguing balls and strikes after Kulpa’s ball four call cost Darvish the perfect game in the sixth inning. Davish ended up losing his no-hitter in the eighth inning.
Click the image below to see Pierzynski’s ejection Wednesday night.