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Alex Rios is not pleased with Chris Perez’s fist pumps

May 4, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

Chris Perez AP

Chris Perez came on to get the save in last night’s Indians-White Sox game. He closed it out with a strikeout of A.J. Pierzynski and by inducing a groundout by Alex Rios.  Then, as closers are wont to do, he gesticulated and emoted some, with a few fist pumps and huzzahs.  This did not please Rios:

After the borderline strike to Pierzynski went his way, Perez celebrated with a strong fist pump on the mound. When Rios made contact on his game-ending play, Perez once again started yelling, and Rios didn’t understand what he was doing or appreciate the actions. He had more than a few words for Perez as he was running back to the White Sox dugout, but the situation didn’t come close to escalating into something more.

“Well, I don’t know what was wrong with him,” said Rios with a wry smile. “He just started yelling for no reason. I don’t know why he started yelling, and that’s it.”

I’m on Rios’ side here. I mean really, how great a trick is it to retire Alex Rios?  Why is that anything worthy of celebrating? Now, if it were Paul Konerko or someone sure, but Rios?  Pfft! Child’s play.

  1. Lukehart80 - May 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Look, I think closers celebrating like mad men is sort of silly, but it’s a pretty common occurrence and hitters ought to be used to it by now.

  2. phillyphreak - May 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Perez is probably just excited that the save stat exists……

  3. digitaldonnie - May 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    That’s right Craig….you’d have a three pitch K to get Rios out.

  4. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Hit the ball and he won’t gesticulate

  5. love4cle - May 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    What a dumb article. How is Chris celebrating a save (the same way he celebrates after every save btw) any different than someone hitting a game winning hr and celebrating at home plate? What would you say then…the closer sucked so they shouldnt celebrate??

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Alex Athanopolis did the same yelling and fist pump gestures while watching Rios ground out, thankful that someone, somehwere was willing to absorb that horrible contract.

  7. schrutebeetfarms - May 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I would imagine that Perez won a bet with someone. The other person most likely assume Rios wouldn’t make contact.

  8. ltzep75 - May 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Perez was excited that he was able to help Alex’s poor self esteem by inducing contact.

  9. holleywood9 - May 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    I have long thought that pitchers in general celebrate a little too much after strikeouts and other big outs. This is why I have always been in support of hitters “pimping” home runs. Or how boating them of you will. Pitchers showboat a strikeout so y not show them up when you beat them. They would’ve done the same thing back

  10. motherscratcher23 - May 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    There was nothing borderline about that strike to AJ.

  11. steelydeacon - May 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Perez was not merely celebrating getting Alex Rios or AJ Perzynski out, he was celebrating his team winning the game! Some players really care about winning games, and they celebrate profusely. But I am not surprised that ChiSox fans and players do not understand this; since they cheer and play respectively as if they don’t care either way.

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