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As is his wont, Chris Perez shot off in the locker room after the Indians 2-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday. Only this time he wasn’t getting into tussles on Twitter or with the opponents. Perez ripped the Cleveland fans, saying they don’t show up and the lack of support has hurt the organization’s pursuit of free agents. He specifically cited the club’s attempt to sign Carlos Beltran this offseason, saying the low attendance and support were a factor in Beltran choosing the Cardinals over the Tribe.
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Chris Assenheimer tweeted Perez’s comments from the clubhouse after the game:
Perez rips fans for not showing up and for booing him during his last outing two days ago against Mariners.
— Chris Assenheimer (@CAwesomeheimer) May 19, 2012
He went into specifics, and as noted above, said the lack of support hurts the club in free agency:
Perez says one of the reasons free agents don’t want to sign with Cleveland is because of lack of fan support.
— Chris Assenheimer (@CAwesomeheimer) May 19, 2012
Perez is a pretty prideful, if not stupid, guy so it will be interesting to see where he goes from here and if there’s any attempt to walk this back.
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Both Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti met with Indians closer Chris Perez on Saturday morning, presumably to discuss his controversial remarks about Tribe fans and attendance at Progressive Field. Both parties did not reveal specifics of that meeting, but they did speak separately to the press. As you’d expect, Shapiro articulated that the club disagrees with Perez’s assessment...
The Indians are back at the park for the series finale against the Marlins. That means Chris Perez is back in the clubhouse, and he’s speaking with the press again. The Indians closer has dug in his heels on his controversial comments from last night, reiterating that it’s “not fun” to play in Cleveland. He says he’s spoken with former Indians and other players around the...
By now, most Cleveland sports fans have heard or read Chris Perez’s controversial postgame comments. Early Saturday evening after a 2-0 Indians shutout of the Marlins, Perez was asked if it bothers him when he’s booed, and the Tribe closer unleashed. Indians’ fans are well aware that Perez does not have much of a filter. Whether on Twitter or in the clubhouse, he responds directly...
Everyone has a take on the comments made by Indians closer Chris Perez over the weekend. Everyone including former Indian Kenny Lofton, who expressed his opinion via twitter.
When responding to questions by fans what he thought of Perez’s comments, Lofton had this to say-
“crazy …he doesn’t know anything about Cleveland”
“Just win and stop disappointing the fans”
If you missed it over the weekend, Indians closer Chris Perez unleashed on Cleveland fans in response to having been booed by some fans at home last Thursday after he allowed a couple of baserunners in a game that he eventually closed out for his 13th save in 14 opportunities this season. Some of Perez’s response was fair enough (“They haven’t even scored yet and you’re booing...
CLEVELAND -- Chris Perez is frustrated, angry, fed up.
And one of the American Leagues best closers chose an unusual group to direct those feelings: The fans of the Cleveland Indians.
Perez does not get why a team that is in first place in the AL Central is dead last in Major League Baseball in attendance. And Saturday and Sunday he let those fans know how he felt.
Its just a...
Chris Perez believes it is time Cleveland fans start supporting the first-place Indians.
The All-Star closer didn't back down Sunday from comments he made after earning his 13th save Saturday by striking out the side on 10 pitches to clinch a 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins.
Perez is frustrated by Cleveland ranking last in attendance despite leading the AL Central with a 23...
Indians closer Chris Perez ignited a firestorm of controversy in Cleveland last weekend when he ripped fans for their lack of support of the team. At the time of Perez's comments, the Indians were last in the majors in average per-game home attendance and second to last in the majors in total home attendance. The irony of the hullabaloo is that it's really a non-issue,...
On Thursday night, Indians closer Chris Perez pitched a scoreless 10th inning to help Cleveland defeat Seattle by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings. The fans were not all that thrilled with his pefrormance, however, as Perez allowed two runners to reach base and heard some boos because of it. After a dominating performance on Saturday in which he struck out the side in the 9th to preserve...
Right-handed closer Chris Perez ripped Cleveland Indians fans on Saturday for their lack of support. Although the Indians are in first place, they are last in the majors in average home attendance at 15,518. "It's a slap in the face that we're last in attendance," said Perez. "People say the fans will come when we start winning. Well, we're winning."
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Indians rock-and-roll pitching coach Scott Radinsky and also closer Chris Perez.
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Chris Perez expressed his frustration at the poor attendance by Cleveland Indians fans this season.
Perhaps those fans are waiting to see how their club fares against the defending AL Central champion Detroit Tigers.
The Indians dropped their final 10 meetings with the Tigers last year, a skid they'll try to snap in their first 2012 matchup Tuesday night at Progressive Field...
Wow. What an interesting 48 hours it has been in Wahooland. Here the Indians sit atop the AL Central division, two and a half games ahead of the Chicago White Sox and three in front of the Detroit Tigers. They have won four of six and are in the midst of a big homestand. The starting pitching has been great. The bullpen for the most part has been solid. While the offense continues...
One of the topics that has become hot this weekend with all dirt that Chris Perez stirred up this is that Cleveland sports fans are hypocrites. As we all know this fan base sells out Browns stadium year-in and year-out1 with an ownership group that has been almost 100% inept in winning football games since 1999. By comparison the Indians have done far better in their standings and...