The A.J. Pierzynski departure has become somewhat of a hot button issue around the Chicago White Sox front offices so much so that his name is even mentioned even when nobody is asking.

Take a packed seminar at SoxFest last month when a fan approached the microphone to ask a question of a panel that included manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn. Before the fan even asked his question he apologized just in case it wouldn't be received well.

Without hesitation, Hahn asked if the question might have something to do with a certain veteran catcher who is now property of the Texas Rangers.

The beauty of the situation is that the question had nothing to do with Pierzynski at all. But that is how it has been for the White Sox, whose fan base has wondered aloud why a fan favorite, in-your-face, gritty leader was seemingly sent on his way so easily.