Ron Washington defends remark
American League All-Star manager Ron Washington, whose Texas Rangers are in Chicago to face the Chicago White Sox, insisted on Tuesday that his disappointment for not having A.J. Pierzynski on the All-Star team was genuine, even if the White Sox catcher didn't believe him.
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"I said what I had to say about A.J., and it came from my heart," Washington said before Tuesday's game. "After that, I have no more comment."
Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was voted in by the fans, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted in by the players and Washington -- who had to have every team represented -- chose Joe Mauer to represent the Minnesota Twins.
When asked after the selections Sunday if there was one player he was most disappointed for, Washington said: "I feel bad for Pierzynski. The guy's having an outstanding year. He's been working with a very good pitching staff over there with those Chicago White Sox for many years. I consider him a winning player because he beats you any kind of way he can. He beats you mentally, he beats you physically. So I feel really bad for Pierzynski."
But Pierzynski didn't seem like he was buying Washington's sincerity when asked about it Sunday.
"If he felt that bad he would have put me on the team,'' Pierzynski told reporters."He had an opportunity to and he didn't do it. Obviously, he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn't feel that bad."
Pierzynski, who's hitting .285 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs, even took a shot at Napoli (.235, 12, 30) when CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman told him Napoli is a good hitter.
According to a Heyman tweet, Pierzynski said: "yeah, if you consider .230 good."
Washington said Tuesday that if Pierzynski wants to talk, they'll talk, "but nothing that I've said here is going to change."
"You have to move on," Washington said. "There are other deserving people. There's always some people that deserve to be some place and are not there. That's just life. There's nothing you can do about it.
"I'm certainly not going to sit here and apologize for what we put together. We saw what was there and tried to do the best we could."
Pierzynski sounded ready to move on as well.
"I am kind of over the whole All-Star thing," Pierzynski said Tuesday. "...At the end of the day it doesn't change anything, so I am lookind forward to four days at my house and getting away from baseball and just hanging out with my family."
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