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Chris Perez ripped Cleveland Indians fans for lack of support.
After recording his 13th save of the season in a dominant appearance in which he struck out the side (on 10 pitches) in the ninth to preserve the Indians' 2-0 shutout of the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Tribe closer Chris Perez decided to air his thoughts on the lack of fan support.
As reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Perez discussed being booed during his appearance on Thursday afternoon in which he struggled and gave up a one-out single to Justin Smoak and a walk to Casper Wells:
They booed me against the Mariners when I had two guys on. 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, Perez 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.
Perez then got out of the inning with no further damage, but was sarcastically cheered when he struck out the Mariners' Jesus Montero to end the inning. Perez said, ""The mock standing applause just adds to it. You see their true colors."
Perez is not unreasonable about his frustration here. Yes, he is maddening as hell to watch, but he has not blown a save since Opening Day and is 13-for-13 since the debacle against the Blue Jays.
"Pure Rage" also commented on the horrible attendance of the Tribe fans so far in 2012. "It doesn't go unnoticed—trust us," Perez said. "I'm not calling out the fans. It's just how it is. ...Nobody wants to play in front of 5,000 fans."
The timing of this whole rant was a little odd as the announced attendance was the largest since Opening Day—29,799.
It's funny that he says, "I'm not calling out the fans." Uh, yes you are, and you have a right to. The Indians are in first place, for God's sakes. What are the Cleveland faithful waiting for? The fans need to show up at the gates or they risk team-wide frustration and lack of motivation to perform.