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Pierzynski comes from good stock

Despite his reputation, there's a lot to like about the Red Sox's new catcher

Updated: February 23, 2014, 11:43 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For a player who allegedly has a limitless capacity to make people hate him (more on that later), A.J. Pierzynski's ties to the Boston Red Sox, past and present, offer an intriguing alternative: terms of endearment.

Surely, having a shared history with Yaz, Johnny Damon and David Ortiz won't hurt Pierzynski's chances of being welcomed by Sox fans as he begins his 17th season in the big leagues as the team's primary catcher.

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