A.J. Pierzynski was hired by Fox to provide analysis during the postseason, a position that gave him a close-up view of the Red Sox and their run to the World Series title.
The veteran catcher, about to become a free agent, used the opportunity to check out the Sox as possible landing spot. He was impressed with what he saw.
“As a member of the media you learn a lot and you get to see a lot more than you do as a player,” Pierzynski said Wednesday during a conference call.
How the Red Sox prepared for games and the attitude within the clubhouse left an impression. That helped convince him to sign a one-year deal with the Sox for $8.25 million. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.