Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/20/12

Deadspin posted this video today of Indians closer Chris Perez arguing with a fan in Oakland. Perez swore at the fan who was heckling him, and his best comebacks were "I have more saves than your entire team!" and "I was an All-Star again this year!", while the fan's major comeback was "LOOK AT THE STANDINGS!" which is pretty much a complete killer for any professional athlete.

Of course, Perez's response was "I don't care". Really Chris? You don't care that your team is 12 games behind the Orioles for the second wild card spot, and 11.5 games out in the AL Central? You don't care that your team has the second worst record in the American League? If you're a professional athlete, you're going to have to deal with hecklers, and cursing at them and being an asshole isn't really a great way to show your professionalism (hello, Melky Cabrera).

Perez is making $4.5 million this season, and still has two years of arbitration left. If I were the Indians, I'd consider trading him...not just because he'll be extremely expensive for a team going nowhere like Cleveland, but because of exploits unrelated to performance this season. He got fined for threatening the Royals on Twitter, threw up on the mound, and called Indians fans out for a lack of fan support (which seems silly considering how far the team has fallen in the second half). He's having a great year, but is causing so many headaches that the Tribe would best be served to deal him for younger talent in the offseason.

[h/t: Deadspin]

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