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A.J. Pierzynski, Juan Uribe relish memories with 2005 White Sox

A strong bond remains with A.J. Pierzynski and his former White Sox teammates.

A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe were 700 miles away from this weekend festivities commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Chicago White Sox’s World Series title.

But that season remains fresh in their minds – even as they currently play for the Atlanta Braves.

“It is hard to imagine it’s been 10 years,” Pierzynski said Friday at Turner Field. “It doesn’t seem that long ago. But looking back on it, it was a special time, a special place. You’d never want to change anything about it.”

Uribe, who also helped the San Francisco Giants win a World Series in 2010, takes great pride in his two defensive plays in the ninth inning of the fourth and deciding game of the 2005 World Series at Houston. Uribe sprinted to make a catch of Chris Burke’s foul pop before landing in the seats and sprinting to make sure Jason Lane didn’t advance from second, and then Uribe charged and fired to first to fire barely nail Orlando Palmeiro for the final out.

“I remember a lot,” Uribe said. “I haven’t forgotten any of that. It was a good team. We had good teammates. I never forgot the final game. I think of the last play every day. I remember the fans of Chicago. I love the fans of Chicago.”

Pierzynski said the players’ unselfishness stood out.

“There are guys that people don’t think about, whether it’s Brian Anderson, Timo Perez, (Chris) Widger,” said Pierzynski, who participated in a video that expresses his appreciation for his teammates and Sox fans to be shown this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field. “Even (Brandon) McCarthy only got a few starts for us but won some key games down the stretch.

“Everyone had their role on that team, and everyone did what they needed to do. That made it special because everyone was OK with what they needed to do on that day to win the game, and that’s what made that team work.”

Pierzynski often leaves tickets at games for friends of Anderson, who expressed his appreciation after revealing on the Kap and Haugh Show on Friday morning that Pierzynski used to hide his uniform and clothes when Anderson was a rookie.

“There’s no one I wanted to pummel more than that guy (Pierzynski),” Anderson said on the show, adding that Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednik served as anger management coaches.

Pierzynski was amused when he learned of Anderson’s feelings toward him 10 years ago.

‘That’s because he did everything wrong,” Pierzynski quipped.

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