New York (WOIO) - Indians closer Chris Perez is at it again, bashing Tribe fans for not showing up to Progressive Field.
Perez was interviewed for a story in the New York Times on the Indians and their success and how fans aren't coming out to see them.
"That's what I don't understand," Perez said told Tyler Kepner. "Their whole thing is, 'We want a winner.' Well, why do you support the Browns? They don't win. They've never won. They left. You guys blindly support them. I don't understand it. It's a double standard, and I don't know why.
"It's head-scratching. It's just — they don't come out. But around the city, there's great support. They watch it in the bars. They watch it at home. They just don't come."
The Indians are dead last in the majors in attendance, averaging 18,408 a game despite being in first place for part of the first half of the season.
Perez went on to say he doesn't understand why fans want to dwell on LeBron James winning a championship and not cheer for the Indians in their own city.
"I don't get the psyche. Why cheer against a guy that's not even in your city anymore? Just to see him fail? Does that make you feel good? I could see if the Cavs were in the championship, but that's their mentality.
"They've had a lot of years of misery. They say, 'You just don't understand because you don't live here.' O.K., maybe I don't. But that doesn't mean it has to keep going."
This is the second time in the past two months Perez has spoken out about Indians fans. In May he questioned the fans for not coming out to Progressive Field. He also was upset about being booed after allowing two base runners in a game against Seattle.