Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez is more than a little upset at Indian fans when it comes to their dwindling attendance.
The Indians are surprisingly in first place in the AL Central, but near the bottom of the league in terms of attendance. Perez said of it, "The fans are going to come, I know that. It's just a slap in the face when you're in first place and last in attendance. Last. Not 25th or 26th. Last."
Indians team president Mark Shapiro has stated that the team differs from Perez's views. Shapiro says that the Indians do have fan support.
Shapiro said, "We clearly disagree with him about our fans. We appreciate our fans. We respect our fans." He also stated that Perez's comments were made by a desire to win and get more fans out to the ballpark.
While it may be true that Cleveland's attendance isn't so great, it wasn't always like this. The Indians had a then record 455 consecutive sellouts in the late 90s, which has since been broken by the Boston Red Sox.