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Chris Perez rips Indians fans for poor attendance and booing

May 19, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

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This probably won’t go over too well in Cleveland.

According to Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Indians closer Chris Perez went on a bit of a rant after Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the Marlins about the lack of support this year at Progressive Field. And the fact that he’s been booed at home during some of his rougher outings.

The Indians have a four-game lead over the Tigers in the American League Central standings but attracted only 29,799 fans on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon and rank dead last in the American League this year in attendance.

Here’s the gist of Perez’s comments, via Asshenheimer’s Twitter feed:

Perez is 13-for-13 in save opportunities since imploding on Opening Day. He has a 3.31 ERA on the year.

  1. hammerrm - May 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Um, pretty inflammatory. How about we quote him directly, instead of thru a hatchet reporter?

    • hoopmatch - May 20, 2012 at 5:12 AM

      Especially a reporter named Assenheimer.

  2. derailedguy - May 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    It’s Progressive Field, not park. Tribe fans will be there… He needs to continue to do his job.

  3. pxeeks - May 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Be grateful u have a job making more than anyone who works their tail off to see a MLB game. Get over yourself!

  4. dondada10 - May 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yikes. Your name is Asshenheimer?

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Not only that, but Saturday’s two to zip victory was over the Feesh, not the Mariners. The former live in the water and have geels and feens. The latter work on the water and have union cards.

      It’s actually pretty easy to distinguish them.

      • jimbo1949 - May 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        “Perez rips fans for not showing up and for booing him during his last outing two days ago against Mariners.”
        I know you misread this.

  5. brownsgirl84 - May 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    These are the fans that sold out every game for 5 straight years. The fans will come when ownership proves theyre commited to winning and this isnt a fluke. Its tough to watch your favorite players leave bc ownership is cheap

  6. clevelandschronic2 - May 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I say this as a cleveland sports fan. The ownership has showed a lack of respect for these fans for years. Case and point never spending money to keep our own players. Started after i believe (could be wrong on exact yr) 96-97 seasons by not keeping lofton, ramirez, belle thome then again with v martinez, cc, cliff lee. N im sure i missed a few but my point is clear. Its not the players fault fans dont show its the ownerships for years u have raped fans of the hard money they work there asses of for by not signing our players to a fair market value or even a big $ contract. I adored the indians as a kid until i realized the business side of the sport. N until we get an ownership who respects our fans this will probably continue. Remember this is the same fan base that sold 456 games out in a row. When we had a good core group of players around long enough.

  7. stairwayto7 - May 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Cleveland- mistake by the lake!

    • Old Gator - May 20, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Cleveland is not a mistake. It was created as a joke by the Old Ones. There’s a whole chapter about it in the Necronomicon.

  8. bleed4philly - May 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM


  9. Kevin Gillman - May 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    I’m going to blame everything on the system we have here. The agents are the ones that use Cleveland to ante up the prices, and when Cleveland DOES offer more money, the agents use some sort of leverage to other teams about playing for them, such as the case with Beltran. It had nothing to do with Carlos not wanting to play here, but rather than the agent driving home about St. Louis. Cleveland offered more money.

    But the FO isn’t safe in any of this either, because alot of those guys have lied to their fan base. Saying they “will spend money when the time is right”. They had many opportunities to make deals this season, just think if they HAD gone 3 years for the guy they wanted all along, Josh Willingham. Josh would have been a big force in the middle of the Indians lineup. Mark Shapiro also stated that when they created STO, it was an opportunity for them to retain some of their FA’s, not all, but most of them. Victor Martinez easily would have stayed here for a bag of peanuts, then again, where would he have played? And, the Indians wouldn’t have Justin Masterson or Nick Hagadone, who could easily be the sleeper pitcher this season in the Indians bullpen. Now, the Indians did get hosed in the Cliff Lee deal, especially since the guy they really wanted Jason Knapp was hurt even before he threw his first pitch for Kinston, and will likely miss the bulk of this season, which means he easily could turn into another Adam Miller or Hector Rondon. You can’t win either way.

    Now as for Chris, yes I know the fans have treated you like crap every now and then when you do lose it. But the fans have every right to boo you, and hey, the Angel fans have booed Albert Pujols on a nightly basis anymore….UNLESS he hits a Home Run. Just keep doing your job, if you do, the fans won’t boo. You also have to understand something here. The last Cleveland championship was 1964. Not the Indians, but ANY Cleveland championship. The fans will come, I would love for Progressive Field to be jam packed every night, at the very least, there should be at least 30,000 every night. But it is what it is, and I would venture to say that the fans will start to come to the ballpark when school is out, and families have an opportunity to come out to the ballpark. It happens every single season. The glory years of the 90’s is over with, and it will never happen again, but it doesn’t mean a Cleveland fan base are not passionate people.

    Perhaps too, he was mis-quoted? Maybe he was too emotional, whatever it is, Chris was wrong here, because he can easily be traded to another team, who isn’t even contending. It’s not that Vinnie Pestano can’t do it, but the bullpen is better when he is at his place, because Vinnie can get those guys out in the 8th inning. But I am still excited about the Indians this season, I am still a passionate fan that believe, someday, it will happen when we all can celebrate around the Northeast area in one of our teams winning it all. After all, if the Red Sox can do it, so can Cleveland.

  10. critic02 - May 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Stairway — what disgusting backwater did you crawl out from? The lake is clean and fresh and our ball club is in first place. Go back to your own minor league city and dream of living in a place as great as CLEVELAND.

  11. sgm405 - May 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Chris Perez speaks the truth. The only things I question are the timing (why now, after a decent crowd today?) and motive (what do you really gain, even if it is true?).

    Luckily for him, this isn’t New York, Boston, or Los Angeles…it will blow over in a week or two.

    As an Indians season ticket holder, I can tell you that 455 (the sellout streak) was created by a perfect storm.

    – Brand new ballpark
    – No Browns football
    – Cavaliers were irrelevant
    – Economy was doing well
    – Free agency in MLB hadn’t yet spun out of control

    That lineup was also one of the best in modern baseball history.

    But let’s talk about recent history.

    Last season, the Indians started 30-15, were in 1st Place until July, and contended until mid-August, but finished 24th in attendance. In 2007 the Indians won 96 games (many of them comeback victories) and were one win away from the World Series and finished 21st in MLB attendance. In 2005 the Indians won 93 games and narrowly missed the postseason, yet they only finished 24th in MLB attendance.

    This season, despite being in 1st Place and having pretty decent early-season weather (for Cleveland), they are dead last in attendance. Kansas City is averaging 8,000 more fans per game – the same Kansas City that is 16-23 (5-16 at home)…the same Kansas City that hasn’t reached the postseason in 27 years.

    Cleveland fans simply don’t support the team at a high level, even when they are a World Series contender like they were in 2007. That’s not to say they are a bad fan base – most fan bases are the same (mostly fair-weather) – but when the Dolan’s have put a winner on the field, the fans haven’t held up their end of the bargain. Until they do, players will continue to leave, free agents will continue to say “thanks, but no thanks”, and the Indians will continue to struggle to maintain a consistent contender.

    • tashkalucy - May 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM


      The majority of that sold out streak was when the Browns were still in Cleveland.

      Most teams that go from lousy to good need at least one good year in the books followed by a 2nd good year. In the case the the ever rebuilding Shapiro-Antonetti duo, they have been doing their rebuilding for 10 years and have never finished over .500 for 2 years in a row. They came within one game of the WS in 2007, and with the Dolan’s giving out their BS about spending when the team can win, why did Shapiro make NO MOVES to improve on the 2007 team? Instead he dismantled it trading away CC and Cliff Lee – 2 Cy Young award winners (the only time in the history of MLB that a team ever did that) for a few 2nd rate utility players.

      And what team in MLB tells their fans that they can only contend once or twice every five years? And what GM tells their fans that 2012 is the first of a “2 year window” to win? So what’s the deal – do they do the next blow-it-up after the 2013 season? Why even bother thinking of getting season tickets or giving this team any loyalty?

      Anyone in their right mind think that Lowe will be with the Indians after his contract runs out this year? Anyone in their right mind think that Ubaldo will be with the Indians after his contract runs out in 2013? Anyone in their right mind think that Scott Boras will let Choo resign in Cleveland when his contract is up? And on and on……

      Forbes magazine says that last year the Indians made $30 million, more then any other team in MLB. Did they go out and get a few right handed run producing bats that they really need? (last year when they needed a right handed run producing bat and said they were looking for one in the stretch run, they let Delbert Young go unclaimed on waivers – the Tigers signed him, and Young hit .300 for the rest of the season and .300 in the playoffs).

      And look at this team.They are CONTENDERS and are IN FIRST PLACE. Has anyone looked at their softball schedule which is about to even out? The team is in first place in the worst division in MLB, with 23 wins. But look closer – only FOUR (4) of those 23 wins have come against teams with winning records.

      When the players show they’re for real and won’t implode when the pressure is turned up, when the front office shows that they don’t suckered in 4 out of 5 trades and maybe can draft a few players (currently the Indians have no real prospects in AA or AAA ball, and are their farm system was just ranked 29th of 30 in Baseball America), then maybe the fans will take them seriously. As for me – I’ve listened to Mark Shapiro talk his Ivy League buzzword BS for far too long, as he and his little buddie put a team together that is weak up the middle on defense (to put it mildly) and has 7 left handed hitters and 2 switch hitters. The team has no identity, it has no leaders on he field. Derek Lowe is trying to be one as a pitcher as he marks time before his return to the Red Sox as a free agent this Fall.

      But most of all I’m fed up with the arrogant and inept Mark Shapiro blaming all his shortcomings on everyone BUT HIMSELF! The fans are no good. The economy is no good. The team put together in the 90’s was a one-time thing and will never happen again. You know what – I’ve been watching MLB for over 50 years, and Mark Shapiro is the biggest front office BS’er I’ve ever seen. He makes Herk Richardson (or whatever that awful Royal GM was named) look like a genius by comparison.

      MLB needs to step in and force the Dolan’s to sell the team to someone that will bring in a competent front office.

      As far as Chris Perez goes, I was watching the Indians 30 years before he was born. Let h9im shut-up because he has no clue.

      • sgm405 - May 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        The Indians’ sellout streak was June 12, 1995 to April 4, 2001 (the 2nd game of that season).

        The Cleveland Browns were gone from December 24, 1995 to September 12, 1999.

        So basically, the sellout streak lasted for 4 1/2 seasons and of those 4 1/2 seasons, the Browns were active for 1 1/2 of them.

      • bigtrav425 - May 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        your are DEAD on my friend! im glad i scrolled thru this first because i was going to say everything you did….this can mostly be blamed on management with the rest on the economy..thats it..i cant say anything good that i can think of about the Dolans or Shapiro who have done a horrible job since they have been here..Shapiro kept his job based on 1 trade (bartolo trade) and thats it…95% of his other moves have been bad moves…i also have to throw in there whoever is in charge of drafting as well.been some bad draft pics too…long story short when the Dolans get serious and thte GM makes sosme good moves and we have more then a fluke yr or half season us,the fans will come out to support them…even if beers are 9-10 bucks a pop

  12. lunneytunes23 - May 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Teams with the lowest payroll in MLB generate the most revenue. The Indians dont use that cash on players.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      As I sit here grilling chicken under my palm trees, I can’t help feeling like I’ve seen that hand-over-fist moneymaking approach in connection with some other MLB team. Damn, I’m going to be up all night trying to remember which one….

  13. dawglb - May 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    If a closer complains to the fans, and no one is there to hear it, did he really make a sound?

  14. xmatt0926x - May 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Not from Cleveland but those fans have nothing to prove. They sold out nightly when the team was good. That’s how it should be. “Loyalty” is such a phony concept in sports. Why are we not allowed to expect the ownership of our teams to put a quality product on the field? What do ownership and their mouthpiece GM’s always say to the world? IT”S A BUSINESS. Well, they are correct! And in what business are customers expected to show monetary support year after year when the product sold by that business is poor? Don’t get me wrong. If you know your ownership does try to be competitive then there’s nothing wrong with fan loyalty, even if you have a losing season here and there, but these teams that fail year after year and sell off the best players deserve no fan support at all. Then you have the question of the chicken or the egg. Do you expect fan support and the money that follows to come first in order to put a quality product on the field or do you put that product out there first and then sell that product to the fans? I feel it’s the teams responsibility to put the good product out there first and the fans in most cities will soon begin to come back. Cleveland fans has already shown that they will support a quality team. Boston and Philly didn’t always sell out when those franchises sucked year after year either.

  15. clevelandschronic2 - May 20, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Cant agree any more. Dolan’s,Shapiro, and antonetti You killed my first love and you will never see a f***in penny from me and i’ll never watch or support this team again unless the front office and owners implode this disaster they created

  16. btwicey - May 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    They all headed south to Miami about a year ago…

  17. hammerrm - May 20, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Btw…wrong sport, lol

  18. mungman69 - May 20, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    I thought that they only bood in Philly. When the owners show a true commitment the fans will be there.

  19. btwicey - May 20, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Clearly my joke about clev sport in general went misunderstood :)

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      No, just ignored.

  20. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Attn: Chris Perez

    Try walking your ass over to the dugout one of these games and have a chat with Sandy Alomar, Jr. Ask him what Cleveland fans are capable of, what it was like when he was your age, playing to a packed house, on a perennial contender. Ask him about the goose bumps he got when they raised that AL Championship flag. Ask him about playing on a team that had Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez batting in the bottom third of the order. Forget Beltran. most any player would sign with the reigning champs if given the opportunity. Being in a small market, Cleveland has to overpay to get these players. Everyone knows this except, apparently, the owners. Just do your job, Chris. All you have accomplished is to guarantee you will be booed longer and louder. That’s it.

  21. anthropinion - May 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Cleveland will not make playoffs. So, who cares.

  22. bigtrav425 - May 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Dear Chris Perez… me and us tribe fans a favor and go out n tear your rotator cuff….thanks a bunch scumbag! you just earned yourself some more boo’s!

    • couldntthinkofaname - May 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      Stay classy.

  23. jayquintana - May 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    How DARE the people of Cleveland not spend their hard earned money on overpriced tickets to watch a middling team with spoiled athletes play baseball! How dare they!

    I love sports but I’m proud to say that every year I spend less and less on it.

  24. paperlions - May 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Damn, Cleveland fans. Who do they think they are? Not having money to spend on entertainment because they are “unemployed” during a “tough economy” and live in a “dying city” because US businesses decided to ship millions of industrial jobs over seas to enhance profit margins. What a bunch of selfish people, spending their money on food, electricity, and rent/mortgage when their are entitled men who play a kids game for obscene money that need their egos stroked by cheers just to get through the day.

  25. Kevin Gillman - May 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Attention to Mr. Dan Gilbert, please buy the Indians frnachise. With the Gladiators, the Cavs, and now Horsehoe Casino, you can own the city of Cleveland, and you aren’t afraid to spend money, because you have it. Thank you.

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