Free Chris Perez! Fined For Defending His Teammate?

“You hit us, we hit you. Period.”

So tweeted Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) after a hard-fought (in several senses of the word) 11-9 extra-inning win on the road over the Royals on April 14.

Royals pitcher Jonathan Sanchez hit Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the third inning. Sanchez, pitching for the Giants last year, hit Choo in the hand, breaking his thumb and sending him to the disabled list for six weeks. Choo and Sanchez exchanged words, and both dugouts emptied. Choo ended up taking his base without further incident. No warnings were given. Sanchez ended up getting chased that inning as the Indians mounted a 5-0 lead.

Then, in the bottom of the third, starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez hit Mike Moustakas. Once again, the dugouts emptied, and this time, a melee ensued. Gomez got tossed, as did manager Manny Acta and infielder Jack Hannahan.

After the game, Perez – like most Indians, no stranger to social media, particularly Twitter – made what Major League Baseball thinks is the most dangerous tweet in the world.

We’ll be honest; we love that the Indians have gone out of their way to cultivate social media relationships. We’re overjoyed that they have a suite devoted to bloggers, tweeters and other users of social media (in the interest of total disclosure, we’ve been in the suite before).  We’ve been able to write stories by connecting with players through their Twitter accounts (the Indians have a full page dedicated to their Twitter roster:

And that’s why we’re hopping mad over this. It’s one thing to voice our displeasure. It’s another thing to do something about it. So we at are taking up a collection for Chris Perez.

Sure, he probably doesn’t need the money. But like he said after the fine was announced: It’s not the money; it’s the principle of the thing. Besides, how many times can we get the opportunity to say we kicked in for a major league ballplayer’s fine?

And since we don’t want to deprive anyone else of the opportunity, we’re offering you the chance to donate. We have a PayPal account set up for donations. The fine’s $750, so don’t feel daunted. Every bit helps.

It’s Tribe Time!

Or simply sign in to your Pay Pal account and send a donation to:

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  1. CPerez said he would like donations to go to Cleveland Indians Charities! Classy dude and the right thing to do!

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