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Chris Perez deleted his Twitter account because of ugly replies after blown saves

May 21, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

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Indians closer Chris Perez has been pretty active on Twitter over the years, but apparently the negative comments following a blown save Saturday and another poor outing Monday led him to delete the account last night.

I can’t imagine having to deal with the angry, ugly comments that athletes receive on Twitter every day, let alone following particularly poor performances. It’s often pretty disgusting, although presumably Perez had gotten at least somewhat used to do that by now (or learned to ignore it).

It’s also worth noting that Perez publicly criticized Indians fans for the team’s poor attendance last season, saying they were partly to blame for free agents not coming to Cleveland.

I, of course, welcome all angry, ugly comments via Twitter. The more the merrier, really.

  1. evanwins - May 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    F***in’ Twitter, where cowards go to anonymously act like complete assh**les and say things they would never have the balls to say someone either to their face or with their real name.

    It’s amazing how Twitter brings out the most negative form of communicating in the world. It shows you what society is REALLY like.

    The great thing now is that some celebrities are finding out who the person really is and then they are going and confronting them. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/curtis-woodhouse-twitter-troll-apologises-1759391

    • xmatt0926x - May 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I would say it represents a segment of society, not society as a whole. There a whole lot of lonely, pathetic people who value their self-worth by the performance of their local pro teams. These people take the results of the games way too seriously and all you have to do is read any comment section on any sports website to see these sad people. However, there are a whole bunch more people who don’t actually live their lives seeking every bit of attention they can get on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Yes, it’s actually true. These overwhelming majority of people also don’t want to go on a rampage when their favorite team loses and they don’t spend hours writing derisive things in comment sections when their teams players don’t perform. It’s been true before and it’s still true today. The negative is always more entertaining and it’s usually the very vocal minority who revel in the negativity.

      • xmatt0926x - May 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Also, on a side note, I have very little sympathy for a guy like Chris Perez who shouldn’t hold anyone to a higher standard than he holds himself to. He is a cheapshot artist and has had no problem blaming fans in Cleveland for the teams poor performance. He also obviously loves the attention. Live by the sword die by the sword.

    • djpostl - May 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      I love how you think it’s 100% anonymous, kind of lets me think you really have zero clue about it in the first place. The majority of Twitter accounts make it perfectly clear who the person is, often linking back to their websites, Facebook accounts or any number of other things that put their identity right out there for the world to see.

    • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Drew Storen got death threats after Game 5. We were all crushed but the extreme level of animosity puzzled me until I realized that people must have had money on the game.

  2. chacochicken - May 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Immensely childish. One, to spend any amount of time to give crap to an athlete about their performance and two, giving a damn about when people say mean things to you via the internet. How people act anonymously is exactly who they really are as individuals. I think Chris Perez who appears to be an emotional child anyway should simply embrace the hate. As Tyrion says, where it like armor.

    • eightyraw - May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      It can’t be fun to read a flurry of hateful messages, no matter how think his skin nor how hard he tries to ignore it all. Words are a terribly powerful weapon.

      • eightyraw - May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        *thick his skin

      • chacochicken - May 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Well, then this is negative reinforcement to have him pitch better lest he gets the harsh Twitter treatment again.

  3. stephenolszewski - May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    As a Indians fan this is good news…

  4. d10ballfan - May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Well Perez’s rants about Clev fans came at a time when he was pitching really well. The Indians just happened to stink and no one wanted to dish out the $$ to watch them. But Perez was pitching like an All Star so he felt able to speak.

    Now that he has gotten shelled the past few games he deletes his twitter. I’m okay with that – however, he also has to delete any negative comments about fans/mgmt.

    Plus, he is stinking but his team is going very well. So go ahead and delete twitter but you better start to back up all the negative talk you have aimed at fans and mgmt over the past few years with a better performance on the field.

    If he starts to pitch better and then gets back on twitter…..then we know he’s a toolbag.

  5. djpostl - May 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Dude is a clown.

    He’s had one impressive season and a bunch of ones that range from “ok” to flat out “bad” (sorry, as a closer if your ERA starts with 3.3x you ain’t anything more than so-so), but he gets mouthy with everyone from fans to his front office.

  6. kollin7 - May 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    It’s actually kind of sad that players like Chris Perez, who have been solid players throughout their careers, have to deal with that after a couple bad outings. John Axford was also tweeting the other day, saying that wishes of death, injury, or harm are unnecessary. No matter the struggles on the field

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