Lucky’s Café in Tremont is so damn good that it’s all Chris Perez misses about his time in Cleveland. In an interview with Cleveland.com’s Zach Meisel, Perez, the former Tribe closer, discusses his life with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the way his much-discussed tenure ended with the Cleveland Indians.
It ended a lot better than it started, team-wise. What we were able to do last year was great. Personally, I didn’t pitch the way I wanted to the last two months of my time there, but overall, I gave it everything I had almost every time I went out there and for the most part, I did my job. I had a good time doing it. I have a couple good memories, but at the same time, there was a lot of turnover with coaches, pitching coaches, managers. It wasn’t really stable. I think for the most part, I had a good time there, but it ended on a bad note for me, but overall for the team, it was great. So, it was fine. Things worked out for me. I had a couple good years there. They gave me the chance to close and I established myself. Hopefully it’ll keep me in the league longer because of that.
Perez added that he’s grateful for getting to the postseason in 2013—waving towels, an amped crowd, a culture change—and was glad that his mechanics didn’t cost the Tribe any crucial wins during that final 10-game stretch. In a bit of a weird move, Perez mentioned that the only players he cares to see are Josh Tomlin, Justin Masterson and “maybe” Cody Allen—he has nothing to say to the coaching staff.
The entire interview is well worth the read. The Tribe visits the Dodgers for a three-game series, set to kick off on Monday night. With the Dodgers, Perez is 0-3 with one save and 26 strikeouts over 27 innings.
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