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Really Chris Perez?
June 5, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
Really? Seriously? Are you that big of an idiot?
Those were the thoughts that ran through my head when I heard Wednesday that Chris Perez was under investigation after suspected marijuana was delivered to his home.
According to the Associated Press, drug agents are investigating a suspected marijuana shipment mailed to Perez's home. Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman said city officers, a regional narcotics unit and postal inspectors were involved in Tuesday's daylong operation investigating a delivery to Perez's home in the lakeside Cleveland suburb. No charges have been filed and the matter remains under investigation.
Obviously the first question is: Who has drugs delivered to their house in Rocky River, Ohio? I mean seriously?
Though the old standard of "innocent until proven guilty" should hold up in this situation, for myself, and I'm sure many other Cleveland Indians fans, this is Perez's third strike — and he should be out.
Last year, Perez angered fans by calling them out for not coming to games. He's also had words with management about them not spending money. So strike one is with the fans, strike two is with ownership. Now possible strike three comes from Cleveland Police.
His performance this year has been a shaky one at best, leaving the Indians in a place where if Perez is found guilty, they aren't losing much in terms of his place in the bullpen. Currently, he's on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but even before he went on DL, something has not been right with him. He's never been the consistent closer the Indians have sought after, especially in 2013. Does any Indians' fan not hold their breath when they see him running on the field in the ninth inning? I sure do.
This could be the straw that breaks the camel's back for Perez on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. If he is found guilty, the Indians should waive him and finally make Joe Smith the closer (like they should have done a long time ago).
I said at the beginning of the season Perez would not finish 2013 as the Indians' closer. I just never thought it would be because of a legal issue.
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