The 2005 White Sox were a collection of many different personalities who famously came together as one to win the World Series.
That didn’t mean that everybody always got along.
Take A.J. Pierzynski and Carl Everett, two prickly personalities who nearly came to blows before a game that season.
Several 2005 alums revealed the story about the Pierzynski/Everett altercation on the “Be Chicago: Together We Can” telethon Wednesday on NBC Sports Chicago.
“A.J. can get on your nerves in two seconds,” Ozzie Guillen said. “You talk about 25 guys (on a roster). They’ll all want to fight him at some point in the season.”
Pierzynski’s ornery disposition combined with Everett’s explosive temper made for a bad recipe one day.
“A.J. is an awesome guy. He’d like to find ways to annoy you just enough,” Cliff Politte said. “He just found the right buttons to push, and he kept going sometimes.”
“Ask Carl Everett that,” a smiling Jermaine Dye said.
“JD and I both had lockers right there, so we heard it all,” Politte said.
Despite being in first place all season, the White Sox were in the middle of a tailspin late in the year. A 15-game lead in the division was crumbling. Things were starting to get a little testy in the clubhouse.
“We had been going through a bad streak, and Kenny (Williams) put notes in our locker: 'Kids out of the clubhouse at 6:30' (for a 7pm game),” Politte said. “Carl had his son in the clubhouse sometimes a little longer than he should.”
This was getting under the nerves of Pierzynski.
“So A.J., of course, knows how to push the right buttons. He made a little comment under his breath walking by Carl’s locker and pushed the wrong button,” Dye recalled.
Did he ever.
“Carl was putting his shoes on,” Politte said. “It was like 6:29 and ten seconds left before it flipped to 6:30. A.J. walked by and said, '6:27, 6:28, 6:29.' And Carl said, ‘Get to 6:30 mother------, and I’ll knock you the “f” out,' and it was on.”
“We had to get between them,” said Dye, who helped prevent Everett and Pierzynski from bashing each other's brains in.
Fifteen years later, they can laugh about it.
“The funny part of that whole thing is, as A.J.’s son, Austin, got older and he kept playing, his son was in the locker room more than anybody else,” Aaron Rowand said.