April 18, 2014

Kenny Lofton on Chris Perez- “He doesn’t know anything about Cleveland”

Everyone has a take on the comments made by Indians closer Chris Perez over the weekend. Everyone including former Indian Kenny Lofton, who expressed his opinion via twitter.

When responding to questions by fans what he thought of Perez’s comments, Lofton had this to say-

“crazy …he doesn’t know anything about Cleveland”

“Just win and stop disappointing the fans”

Lofton certainly benefited from outstanding fan support during his stints with the Tribe. Looks like he is trying to return a little of the love.

UPDATE: Lofton went on the Baskin and Phelps show on 92.3 The Fan this afternoon and expanded on his thoughts. Worth a listen.

[Related: Chris Perez's comments, the good, the bad...]

  • mgbode

    we should re-sign Lofton.  bench coach maybe?   when was the last time we made the playoffs without him?

    (ans:  1997 – his one year away in ATL before he came back the first time)

  • BrownsFanSF

    Much love Kenny.  Much love

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    AMEN BROTHER.  Kenny, I had previously though I couldn’t have more respect for you. 

    But, once more, you out-classed yourself.  When you and Carlos Baerga went to Albert Belle and encouraged him to stop living like a hermit and join the club in Arizona, it was one of the nicest stories I’d heard during all of Spring training.

    And now, this!  BUILD THIS GUY a statue in centerfield, not Thome. 

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sandy is here (and better stay if the Indians know what is good for them) but bring back the “What if” boys lol.  The retired ones!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Please no more statues that will go down as one of the biggest blunders easily.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    I agree, I think he’s more deserving of a statue than Thome. How great would it be to see a statue of that home run he robbed, right out in center field?

  • mgbode

    it couldn’t ‘hurt’ attendance :)

  • mgbode

    which one of the many?

    (i assume you are talking about the climb the wall signature rob, but he had a ton of others as well)

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Always was and will always be my favorite Tribe player

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    That’s the one that I was thinking of as soon as I read what Stin wrote.

  • Natedawg86

    Guy had some stinkin wheels!!!  It seems like Stolen Bases are not that big of a stat as they used to be or at least you do not hear about it is much.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    Yep, you read my mind brother.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ironically I don’t think Mr. Lofton was one of the best player interview granters from back in the day.  Perhaps the WFNY guys can tell me if I’m wrong but I seem to remember not only Belle having his dust ups but also Lofton.

    It’s amazing how winning and time can change perspectives.  Baerga was my favorite.  I still have two jerseys with his name and number sitting in my closet. 

  • Chucky Brown

    Kenny  scoring on the passed ball against the Mariners is my all time fav sports memory

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    Hopefully they will make the statue with him stepping on Traitor James and Chris Perez as he climbs the wall.

    And also with a baby in one arm and the ball in another.

    These are just ideas.

  • mgbode

    and we could include youtube links to reminisce except Bud Selig is an idiot when it comes to video sharing (how exactly does that hurt MLB?)

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    I disagree. I like the Feller statue still.  He deserved it.

  • Mooheadradio

    Uh huh. It’s easy to win with a 95 million dollar payroll in 1998. If Lofton had to play with these crum bums, he’d be bitching, too. There would have been no 455 streak, no pennants, no world series. Empty stadiums, lousy hitters and an owner that refuses to pay a quality LF, 3B and 1B. Kenny had Matt Williams, Jim Thome, David Justice. Perez gets Hannahan, Kotchman and Damon/Duncan. Gimme a break.

  • Harv 21

    from second. In the playoffs. As Dan Wilson jogged after it because he never imagined a guy would have the cajones to try that. The most electrifying moment in my tribe fandom.

  • mgbode

    Kenny did help spur our late season run to the playoffs in 2007 on a much smaller budget too.   Also, our budget in the early 90s was small until the sellouts started, so Kenny has some insight into how to build the fan support (if he was paying attention to those matters at the time).

    Lots of other factors and it’s not a fair comparison, but the general rule remains.  Don’t complain about the fans, just keep giving them reasons to come see you.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Feller yes Thome no sorry I wasn’t specific.

  • Garry_Owen

    If they build a statue of Kenny, it should depict him doing something that he didn’t actually do (through no fault of his own):  rounding 3rd at Fenway.

    “What if?”, indeed.

    Skinner!!!!!

  • kjn

    Just win and stop disappointing the fans?

    Did I miss a 90′s World Series win somewhere?

  • TSR3000

     Why did you have to bring that up? That wound is still fresh.

  • Garry_Owen

    That’s why I brought it up.  I don’t want to sit here bleeding in solitude.  Misery loves company. (The official motto of all Cleveland sports fans.)

  • maxfnmloans

    excuse me, I have to go slam my head in a car door now

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I support Perez’s comments for the most part.  Its time for Cleveland to wake up.  First place, the ONLY winning team in the city, the seats are the 7th cheapest in MLB, there is the casino, plenty of bars/restaurants, and the weather is nice too.  Go to the games!  Saying you need the team to perform like the 1990′s teams to get your money is asking for this team to become the most prolific offense in baseball history.  Its not going to happen.  Support who we have and lets see how far they can go.

    The worst thing you could do as a fan is jump onboard in August (if they’re still winning) and pretend like you’ve been there the whole way.  It doesnt work like that.  True fans ride the highs and the lows the whole season.  I would hope most Cleveland fans hate the idea of being “fair-weather” as much as they hate losing.  I certainly do.  Its part of being loyal to our city.

  • Grguess

    Words of wisdom!

  • Garstbo

    We have the best fans in the league but who signed Johnny Damon for one million dollars and he cannot catch or hit and how about that .170 battling average.  Management don’t we have anyone in the minors that is hitting above .200 to help our offense..the fan deserve more.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CCZPLTXZJFFYABHK2ARMHO5AWE Greg

    You tell him Kenny! the guy hasn’t a clue about the history of this ball club..only hearsay and he has no idea what we fans have gone through with anywhere from subpar front offices to lousy owners like we presently have, to decades of losing teams! AND WE ARE FED UP WITH THE BS ALREADY AND AREN’T BUYING IT ANYMORE! and that just doesn’t go for the Indians either.

  • BuckeyesRus

    Lofton for Mayor!

  • Steve

     Of course, we’re only remembering Kenny as the exciting player. I loved watching him play too, but chances are that he is the one who doesn’t know anything about Cleveland anymore. When he played here (generally), it was a much different situation. The mid 90s are not the same environment as today.

  • Steve-o

    More fans will come if we continue to win, but not as much as you might think. A lot has changed since the 90′s, and it’s not just the economy. When I was a kid i used to beg my Dad to take me to a ball game. There aren’t as many kids doing that now. Fan interest just isn’t there like it once was. Part of that is due to the inconsistency during the Dolan era, but it is also because the short attention generation prefers the fast pace of football or basketball. Baseball fans are getting older and are slowly migrating to warmer climates or the great beyond.

  • Bulldogs_3

    You pick the best players to list off for Kenny and the worst ones for Perez. Perez also has Lowe, Choo, Santana, Hafner… Gemme a break