Perez wants to keep focus on Indians' success

Perez wants to keep focus on Indians' success

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Chris Perez didn't back away from controversial comments he made about the fans after Saturday's game. Perez addressed the media Sunday morning, saying his feelings had been building for a while.

The final straw, he said, was being booed in a game Thursday against the Mariners when two runners got on base against him. Perez did not allow a run to score, and the Indians won the game in extra innings.

"I don't understand the negativity," Perez said. "Enjoy what we have. We have a first-place team. How many teams in the country would want that right now? We're in first place. Enjoy it. We could be in last place. We could be the Royals or the Pirates and haven't won anything in 20 years. We're not. Enjoy it."

Indians president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti met with Perez on Sunday morning to discuss his comments. Shapiro described it as "a good conversation."

Shapiro said that the organization disagrees with some of the sentiments Perez expressed.

"We certainly want more fans to come," Shapiro said. "And we're working extremely hard to make that happen."