Just a couple of observations on the Cleveland sports scene—
Chris Perez and Twitter
The Indians’ closer had a tough series against Seattle, allowing two home runs on Saturday to turn a 4-2 lead into a tie game, which the Tribe won in the bottom of the ninth, and he allowed another bomb on Monday, which gave the Mariners a lead in a contest Cleveland also won.
Apparently, that gave the fans that follow Perez on Twitter to start blasting him. A little Internet muscle for those fans who wouldn’t say those things to his face.
This isn’t about Perez’ performance, which has generally been very good since assuming the closer role in 2010. Although, we will say that a closer who gives up home runs doesn’t last long and CP has given up four (five if we count the blown call vs. Oakland) in 16 innings, not a very good ratio.
To be fair, those are the only runs he has allowed this season.
We don’t follow any professional athletes for this reason. First, they are people just like us, and whatever comments they want to make on the social networking site aren’t more interesting because they are professional athletes.
And second, there is no temptation to make stupid comments to those players after watching a game and being upset with the outcome.
Again, these people wouldn’t say the things they tweet if they met Perez, and just because he’s an outspoken guy doesn’t mean he should be ripped to shreds or booed when he doesn’t succeed.
Actually, he speaks the truth much of the time. Fans should support this team better. They have blind loyalty to a mediocre football organization, but hold the Indians’ lack of success against them.
Whatever his performance on the field is, and regardless what he says about baseball in Cleveland, the things tweeted to Chris Perez were out of line.
Cavs Get the First Pick in the Draft
Wish we could be more excited about this news, but since there isn’t a franchise type player available this year, it’s the same feeling about having the third or fourth overall selection.
Obviously, it is better to have the first pick, because it has the most value. Perhaps another team thinks a player like Ben McLemore or Nerlens Noel is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and would be willing to deal to move up.
However, that’s probably not going to happen, but GM Chris Grant should keep his ears open to listen if anyone comes forward to trade.
The Cavs have publicly stated their intention to not be in the lottery next season, and to make that come true; they need more help than just that available in the draft.
Grant has a lot of draft picks at his disposal to help sweeten the pot. Besides their own picks, they also have first round picks from Miami and Sacramento (maybe) over the next few years.
Plus, they also have salary cap space, which with the new collective bargaining agreement is something precious to teams above the cap, who don’t want to pay a prohibitive salary cap penalty.
Having the first overall pick in a draft is valuable only if there is someone available that other teams covet.
Right now, the Cavs are like a guy trying to create a market for a $1000 bill in a room full of millionaires.