Not only did A.J. Pierzynski lose a high-quality teammate, but the departure of Mark Buehrle could tax the patience of the Chicago White Sox and their fans.

"I know the game times will go up," Pierzynski quipped Wednesday night, alluding to Buehrle's fast-working style that pleased his teammates, fans and writers.

But the reality of Buehrle's departure hit home throughout the Sox's organization - especially Pierzynski, who had played with Buehrle since 2005 and shared a large role in the Sox's World Series title.