Despite pitching in front of the second largest crowd of the season at Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez called out his own fans, saying:
“They booed me against the Mariners when I had two guys on. It feels like I can’t even give up a base runner without people booing me. It’s even worse when there’s only 5,000 in the stands, because then you can hear it. It pisses me off.”
Strange timing for Perez, who picked up the save in the Indians’ 2-0 victory over the Marlins.
“I was tired of getting booed at home so I figured, ‘I’d better throw some strikes.’ You can quote that. After I struck out Montero, the mock standing applause just adds to it. You see their true colors.”
The 26-year-old speculated that top free agents don’t sign with Cleveland for this very reason.
“Guys don’t want to come over here and people wonder why. Why doesn’t Carlos Beltran want to come over here? Well, because of that.”
It puts the organization an a tough spot, but management met with Perez today.
Still, there are those that support the closer’s comments. Meanwhile, he is trying to make amends by offering three pairs of tickets to every home game the rest of the season.
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