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Chris Perez has sworn off the media

Aug 6, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

Chris Perez blew last night’s Tigers-Indians game in pretty stellar fashion. Then he left the ballpark before the press could get at him.

Fine. He was mad. Better to take your frustrations out in private, come back to work the next day and start fresh, right?


I don’t care personally because, really, what does Perez have to add about his performances, good or bad, that really changes our view of things? But it will make it harder on his teammates who now have to answer questions about him. And the P.R. staff and everyone else you very rarely see who don’t like it when the players and the media don’t play nice.

Steve Carlton could get away with that because he was awesome.Chris Perez is no Steve Carlton. I figure this either ends badly or, as he tends to do, he flakes back in the other direction tomorrow and starts giving interviews again.

  1. coldyron - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    You’re a little late on this, Chris hasn’t talked to the media since he came off the DL. That doesn’t excuse him putting more pressure on his teammates but he hasn’t “flaked” on this issue throughout the year like you insinuate.

    • jwbiii - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Yeah, but that was at about the same time his dog got busted for dealing weed and he didn’t wanted to deal with those questions.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        The dog is still giving interviews to anyone who hits up his cell phone – he swears that it was personal use only.

      • jwbiii - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        I don’t believe it for a minute. Have you ever watched a dog try to load a bong hit?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Snoop does it no problem.

        Besides – C.P.’s dog is a big-dog – he has bitches to roll his blunts for him.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Leave Chris Perez alone. He is hurting inside. Real anguish and deep down pain! Do you really want him to say “I suck”? Do you really want to see a grown man cry in anguish in front of a microphone?

    • yankeefan1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Yes, yes I do.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    • philliesblow - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Yes, if said man is A-rod.

  3. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Whats the point of interviews anyways?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      The point is to keep feeding the animals so they don’t go hungry. Ever seen what happens at a zoo when they don’t get fed?

  4. kjericho43 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    He’s moody. He needs some better weed.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Get your facts straight. 1) that was his dog’s weed 2) his dog’s weed was the shiz-nah-hey 3) the miz-nah-hey is a monster.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        This comment brought to you by the letters A, T and L

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Shouldn’t it be the letters T, H, and C?

        Btw, oxford comma 4lyfe!

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Anyone can make me giggle with weed jokes. But grammar jokes? plus many many points.

        And yet despite your professed love I couldn’t help but notice a possibly superfluous comma after the H?!


  5. Stiller43 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM


    The point is to relay information to the public who wants to know the players opinions on things…

    The funny thing is, 99% of the time, the answers are completely bogus like “ohh im just gonna try my best…and take things one pitch at a time.” The sad part is when someone actually strays from the script and says their true feelings (maybe like “yeah that other team sucked tonight! We owned them!!”), they would be killed by the media. Theres really no winning.

    • paperlions - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      In fairness, 99% of the time the questions are predictable, boring, and lame and leave no room for an informative answer. We all saw what happened on the field. We all know how losing and failing feel. We all know how succeeding and winning feel. Same questions day after day after day for 162 games, year after year after year.

      • nbjays - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        And it doesn’t really matter what the interviewee answers anyway… the media is going to write what they want, factual or not.

  6. hojo20 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    That Indians loss last night was the kind of loss that can sink a season.

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      You are 100% on the money. A loss like that could really hurt this team in the long run, because we have the chance to be 7 games back at the end of this series when we should be sitting 2 games back with our best pitcher going at home tonight. Instead we are 4 games back and the pressure mounts. I can not stand you Chris Perez…you make me think of Jose Mesa every time you take the mound and that’s not a good thing.

  7. allmyteamsareterrible - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Hey Perez why not try doing your job when it matters most instead of wetting the bed every time? It’s crazy, you’re a pretty good closer and I wish on a daily basis that they would trade you. It’s mind boggling…

  8. largebill - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    While I was in the “sell while value is high” camp that thought Perez should have been traded in the off season, I’m not that down on him. He’s blown a few saves like most average closers do. However, overall he has mostly gotten the job done. Last night it seemed like he just didn’t have it and maybe Francona should have pulled him sooner. That is part of the problem of having a set closer who’s feeling you don’t want to hurt. Fans by our very nature tend to over react to dramatic losses to divisional rivals. A win tonight erases most of last nights pain.

    As far as Perez and his past twitter melt downs and his current refusal to address the media I chalk that up to immaturity. He (like many players) needs an adviser who he can trust and more importantly who can tell him straight what he needs to hear.

  9. blantoncollier - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Hey but the guy has been smokin good since he came off the DL–that is until last night. I think he was strung out…man

  10. allmyteamsareterrible - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    It is important to note that Francona should be shouldering a big part of the blame for last night. There is no reason to be throwing your closer 3 games in a row. Unfortunately, that detail gets lost in all of this. It was a bone head decision.

  11. tigersfandan - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I guess August 5 is not Chris Perez day unless you are Tigers fan.

  12. flamethrower101 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    My advice to the media: Next time he opens himself up to you guys, one of you say “F*** you.” and then walk away. See how he deals with that.

  13. edelmanfanclub - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Chris Perez is a good pitcher, but a jerk. Now that he’s off the media. How can I ask him to spark up?

  14. janessa31888 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Just go away, Chris! That was a heartbreaking loss and left me miserable all day.

  15. hockeyflow33 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Who cares? Anytime a player gives an honest opinion, the slobs in the media act as if the player is a horrible person.

    Do we really need any more canned responses?

  16. pgilbert15303 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Get the baby some diapers. I’m so sick of petulant baby boys. It’s time for the best manager in baseball to give him a slap on the back of the head… I wish he did it to my sox a couple years ago… Go Sox!

  17. mrmafaka - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Just go home and fill that bong up with that one hit Hawaiian death weed, chillax, get a Cap n Coke and fizgit izit all, dawg.

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