A.J. Pierzynski was a fan favorite in Chicago, or at least in half of Chicago.
The veteran catcher, who signed with the Texas Rangers this offseason, made a return to the Windy City already this season, when the Rangers went to Wrigley to play the Cubs, and Pierzynski heard a loud chorus of boos from the Cubs fan who had grown to hate the long-time White Sox catcher.
This weekend when the Rangers head to U.S. Cellular for the first time this year, Pierzynski is expected to be received much differently and is anxious for what is sure to be an emotional weekend.
"It will be weird going into the visitor's clubhouse, but I'm looking forward to going to the city," Pierzynski told reporters, via ESPN Chicago. "I love the city, I love the organization and I love the fans. Hopefully we'll go in there and play well."
Pierzynski won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005 when they topped the Houston Astros — Pierzynski's first season in Chicago.
The veteran, who is infamous for his "win-at-all-costs" attitude and his tendency to get under the skin of opposing fans and players, and at times his own teammates, has endeared himself to Rangers fans in just a few short months and is enjoying a good season with the Rangers.
But this return to the place where he had his best years in baseball is something Pierzynski has been waiting for.
"I will be glad to get it over with, especially Friday," Pierzynski told reporters in Texas on Wednesday. "But I'm looking forward to it and seeing some people. I still have a lot of friends over there, guys who I will be friends with for life."