A chopper, two-hopper…double-barreled non-action.
No strong bonds of friendship exist between White Sox right fielder Alex Rios and Cleveland closer Chris Perez.
In fact, the two are not even casual acquaintances.
And don’t look for any pleasantries to be exchanged between the two next week at Progressive Field after their angry exchange at the close of Thursday’s 7-5 Indians victory in Chicago.
...“Other than that, he’s a competitor. I’m a competitor,” Perez said. “He’s on a different team. I’m not friends with him. I don’t know him personally. I’ve just been playing against him. That’s it. If he’s mad, whatever. I don’t care.”
This moment could be filed away for extra motivation against Perez and the Indians, with the White Sox scheduled to play 13 head-to-head games against the American League Central leaders. Rios just wanted to focus on playing baseball after their second loss in three games to the Indians, not on any lingering hard feelings from Perez’s game-winning celebration.
“If he was celebrating, that was not the right way to do it,” Rios said. “But like I said, I have no clue what he was saying. He was just staring and screaming.”