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A.J. Pierzynski disses Stony Brook

Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski throws the ball

Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski throws the ball to a bat boy after being hit by Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Credit: AP)

A.J. Pierzynski is not showing Stony Brook University a lot of respect.

Even though the Seawolves secured a spot in the College World Series, Pierzynski bemoaned the seeding of the Series, seeming to suggest that SBU was getting a break while some of the more well-known institutions had to play tougher competition.

While appearing on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" on Tuesday, the White Sox catcher and Florida Gators fan was asked by host Kevin Millar what the odds were that his favorite team would win every game in the college world series.

“I'm gonna say they're not that good, because they open with South Carolina, who's the two-time defending champ," Pierzynski said. "Somehow they gotta find a way to reseed these brackets. Shouldn't the No. 1 overall seed get like Stony Brook or something like that in the College World Series, instead of like the other really good team in the bracket?

"I don't understand how this thing works. Like, Stony Brook get to play, like, all this other team. And Kent State and all these teams that are in it now. But Florida gets South Carolina? Is it an anti-SEC thing? I don't get it.”

It's particularly ironic given that Pierzynski was part of the trade that sent SBU product Joe Nathan to Minnesota. In what may be the worst trade in San Francisco history, the Giants sent three young, controllable arms -- Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser -- to the Twins for a season of Pierzynski.

Watch the Pierzynski interview (and skip ahead to the 6:20 mark).

Read Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore's response.

Tags: A.J. Pierzynski , Kevin Millar , Joe Nathan , Francisco Liriano , Boof Bonser

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