This year since I’ve came back, I haven’t talked to the media… It is what it is. I have different priorities now. I think maybe some of it last year was a little bit of taking advantage of what I was doing in being an All-Star and trying to be a leader because we didn’t really have anybody that talked last year. [...] I speak my mind, that’s just who I am. It’s also a learning experience. There’s some better times when you don’t need to speak it all of the time, but I am who I am. I think that’s why I’ve success in my role. I have that kind of attitude. I don’t like it when the world is against me, but when I feel my back is against the wall, that’s usually when I pitch my best. Going back to last year after I called out everybody, I pitched good. This year coming back from an injury and an off-the-field issue, I’ve pitched good. I don’t know why. I wish I could take that every game instead of having people doubt me or whatever to get me get me going, I wish I could just do it. But for whatever reason that’s when I seem to play the best.
— Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, in an interview with 247Sports on why he has decided to stop speaking to the media this season. The two-time All-Star has drawn a range of criticism for his outspoken nature coupled with recent off-field issues involving a marijuana arrest. Perez acknowledged that that he only way he can win back support and good will is by doing his job. “Unfortunately that’s the easiest way,” he said. “There has been a lot worse things that have happened and probably going to be a lot worse that do happen, but fans are forgiving as long as you come back and do your job.”