(CLEVELAND) — Chris Perez just wants a little love. The Cleveland Indians closer is looking for more fans to show up at the baseball park, to support the AL Central leading Indians.
“The fans are going to come, I know that,” Perez said. “It’s just a slap in the face when you’re in first place and last in attendance. Last. Not 25th or 26th. Last.”
While team president Mark Shapiro disagrees with Perez’s comments, he thinks he understands were they’re coming from.
“He’s been one of the more dominant closers,” Shapiro said. “What drives him to succeed in that role are emotion and competitiveness and passion, and I think a lot of that was behind what he said.”
The Indians currently have a 23-18 record and a two-and-a-half game lead over the Chicago White Sox.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire