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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chris Perez: “I’m tired of getting booed at home.”

Chris Perez: To Cleveland, with Love.

The fans at Progressive Field were cheering for him.

“I’m tired of getting booed at home,” Perez said. “So I figured I’d throw some strikes today. You can quote that.”

...That is when fans sent a chorus of cat calls in Perez’s direction.

“They booed me against the Mariners when I had two guys on,” Perez said. “It feels like I can’t even give up a baserunner without people booing me. It’s even worse when there’s only 5,000 in the stands, because then you can hear it. It [ticks] me off.”

“I got two guys on,” he added later. “Yeah, my release point was all over the place, but really? I’ve got two guys on. They haven’t even scored yet and you’re booing me? You’re saying, ‘Get this bum off the mound.’ Come on.”

...The All-Star closer went as far as to say the low attendance hurt the Tribe’s ability to add players via free agency. Perez pointed to outfielder Carlos Beltran, who signed a two-year deal worth $26 million with the Cardinals over the offseason after the receiving a similar offer from the Indians.

“Guys don’t want to come over here and people wonder why,” Perez said. “Why doesn’t Carlos Beltran want to come over here? Well, because of that. That’s part of it. It doesn’t go unnoticed — trust us. I’m not calling out the fans. It’s just how it is. … Nobody wants to play in front of 5,000 fans. We know the weather [stinks], but people see that. Other players know that.

Repoz Posted: May 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: May 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4136182)
Unwise.
   2. RJ in TO Posted: May 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM (#4136187)
Come on. How could something like this backfire on him? He clearly said he's not calling out the fans.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2012 at 01:23 AM (#4136204)
Chris Perez: " I'm tired of being booed at home."

Must not be doing it right.
   4. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 20, 2012 at 04:16 AM (#4136218)
I have a solution: stop pitching like #### at home.
   5. DKDC Posted: May 20, 2012 at 06:51 AM (#4136225)
The only rational explanation for making comments like this is that Chris Perez likes being booed at home.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2012 at 06:53 AM (#4136226)
I think his feelings are going to be hurt even more if Mrs. Perez gives him a Bronx cheer.
   7. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: May 20, 2012 at 07:20 AM (#4136229)
The only rational explanation for making comments like this is that Chris Perez likes being booed at home.


Or that he'd like to be booed at a new home.
   8. no neck Posted: May 20, 2012 at 07:24 AM (#4136230)
That's right up there with telling your wife she's fat and her cooking sucks.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 20, 2012 at 08:55 AM (#4136241)
rickie weeks got booed yesterday. loudly.

guy is lost at the plate. this is hard to watch. a major leaguer so unglued
   10. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4136243)
Chris Perez seems to be doing great. WTF is he getting booed?


guy is lost at the plate. this is hard to watch. a major leaguer so unglued

I know he hasn't had as much sustained success, but I think the same thing watching Ike Davis.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: May 20, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4136249)
I have a solution: stop pitching like #### at home.
It is true that all six runs he's given up this season have been at home.

Chris Perez seems to be doing great. WTF is he getting booed?
As you know as a Met fan, Lassus, sometimes a closer whose statline looks fine can nonetheless be excruciating to watch.

Not to justify booing a pitcher every time a guy gets on base off him... that's really silly. I have gotten the feeling for years now that Indians fans feel the team is on track for continual mediocrity and there's no light at the end of the tunnel. I suspect they're pissed off in general and Perez is just the guy who gets it a lot because he's on the mound in key situations.
   12. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4136252)
As you know as a Met fan, Lassus, sometimes a closer whose statline looks fine can nonetheless be excruciating to watch.

Well, this is a good point.

I actually HAVE booed people, but only results, not process (not counting Tom Glavine), so the loons who are booing the process strike me as loons.

   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4136267)
i am fine with booing

folks here want to put on airs and say booing is uncouth or some nonsense

boys stink you let them know

   14. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: May 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4136290)
I have no problem with booing professionals. I have taken issue with people I've witnessed booing HS and college kids and volunteer officials.
   15. puck Posted: May 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4136295)
Rockies are getting booed, and they certainly stink. They drew some boos at the home opener, but now that they're 4-13 in May, it's picking up. They're 15-24 overall...they were 18-28 when Hurdle was fired. Is a pre-season "Jim Tracy is on an indefinite contract extension--he'll manage as long as he wants" similar to a vote of confidence? (There is a real contract for 2013, apparently.)
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4136297)
I blamed last year's disaster on Jim Tracy, but this year, O'Dowd has put together an awful team, one that may well be playing over their heads at this point. All the 30-plus mediocrities he brought in - Cuddyer, Scutaro, Ramon Hernandez - are doing pretty much as should have been expected. This was a team that always should have been expected to lose 95 games.
   17. puck Posted: May 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4136300)
Yeah, the media types are surprised the team is not hitting as expected. Always a risk with starters who are 33, two @ 36.

As for young types, Wilin Rosario's SLG is over twice as much as his OBP. I wonder how often that has happened over a full season, say 200 PA's or more.
   18. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4136308)
Of course, Tracy hasn't helped much, either. Dexter Fowler has the second-highest OPS+ among the regulars, and he's apparently gotten another punitive benching today.
   19. TribeGuy Posted: May 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4136331)
Perhaps the reason Cleveland fans are being harsher than usual is we have seen this movie already last year. The Indians were in first place on May 23, 2011 with a 30-15 record. They finished the year 80-82. Perez was part of the problem last year (though far from the biggest problem.) His ERA jumped from 2.37 in the first half to 4.30 in the second half. His K/9 rate all season was dramatically lower than 2010.

So until this team proves that it can sustain it's early success, more than just the first two months of the season, Cleveland fans are going to be reluctant to be fooled again.

And Perez should just shut up and keep pitching the way he has been pitching, and the fans will embrace him when they ultimately win.
   20. UCCF Posted: May 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4136334)
That's right up there with telling your wife she's fat and her cooking sucks.

Which is another way to ensure you'll be booed at home.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4136416)
Re: the Rockies ... oh c'mon, you know there's only one thing anybody cares about ... Jamie Moyer's ERA+ is a still health 107.

Play Index turns up nobody with a SLG twice their OBP (min 200 PA). Knock it down to 100 and you get

Todd Greene 268/282/580 in 118 PA in 2002
Victor Diaz 240/259/538 in 108 PA in 2007

Knock it down to 50 PA and you get 24 more players. Notable names:

Shane Spencer (those were the days!)
Don Drysdale
Carlos Zambrano
Milt Pappas twice!

Pappas's seasons were back-to-back (61 and 62) totalling 145 PA ... 087/097/275 one year and 136/134/303 with 6 SH and 3 SF.
   22. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: May 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM (#4136424)
I have gotten the feeling for years now that Indians fans feel the team is on track for continual mediocrity and there's no light at the end of the tunnel.
This.

It's as if the plan is to occasionally win 85 games and hope that happens to be the year nobody else in the division wins 86. I don't know what the deal is with booing Perez - that's lame and embarrassing, but there is a general frustration among the fans.
   23. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4136486)
i am fine with booing... folks here want to put on airs and say booing is uncouth or some nonsense... boys stink you let them know

I'm fine with this too. But if you boo someone doesn't stink (and I'm sorry, Chris Perez just doesn't stink), you're not uncouth, you're just kind of dumb.
   24. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4136510)
i am fine with booing... folks here want to put on airs and say booing is uncouth or some nonsense... boys stink you let them know


While I'd never begrudge a feller from engaging in the art, I still think all booing is pretty dumb. To my ears, it just sounds moronic. I do appreciate a good heckle, though most don't qualify.

   25. cmd600 Posted: May 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4137194)
/Perhaps the reason Cleveland fans are being harsher than usual is we have seen this movie already last year.


But you don't know if its the same movie, which is part of what makes it so fun to go down to the park. You get to see the excitement of a young team battling for a pennant. If you need your team to be a lock for 95 wins, I don't see how that is really that exciting.
   26. Willie Mayspedester Posted: May 21, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4137228)
Sometimes you gotta boo the players to figure out who is the real hero (Kenny Powers is of course!)
   27. zonk Posted: June 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4148479)
So what he's saying is that 85% of the world's working and the other 15% come here? That it's just a playground for the [EXPLETIVE]s?

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