Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It’s been a rather quiet week so far for Indians closer Chris Perez in Kansas City for the All-Star game, a game that on Tuesday he said he didn’t think was all that important, but at the same time gets his blood going.
“I know it counts and everything, but it’s kind of got a spring training feel,” Perez said. “You could pitch in the second inning, or the third inning. At the same time, your pitching against the best players in the world, it’s fun.
“It’s different, it’s fun, I’ve never made it to the post season, but I would imagine it’s kind of like that.”
Perez is not a well liked player in Kansas City these days, where the Mid-Summer classic is being played. He knows that from when the Indians swept the Royals back in early April, and at that time said that he took some exception to the Royals using “It’s Our Time” as their slogan for 2012.
“I just don’t get Kansas City using ‘It’s Our Time Now,’ because they stole our slogan,” Perez said. “What do they mean it’s their time now? That’s a front-office thing, a marketing department thing. It’s not coming from their players.”
The Indians closer has been sensational so far in 2012, going 24 for 26 in save chances, blowing two saves – opening day and the finale to the first half of the season.
His words off the field have been a lightening rod for the team and fans to be both inspired by as well as fired up by. Knowing Perez, he will once again have a second half of speaking his mind, and the Indians seem just fine with it.