Nothing earth-shattering here, but felt it worth passing along a couple of quotes from a chat that Chris Perez – of former “Closer of the Future” notoriety in St. Louis – participated in at Cleveland.com. [h/t to John Marecek on Twitter for the link]
The first reference to the Cardinals was pretty benign:
Ray: Prior to joining the Indians, which coaches and teammates were your biggest influences?
Not terribly surprising that these guys would reach out to a young pitcher. Glad to see Franklin not turning his back on a guy that theoretically could’ve taken his job as closer away while he was with the Cardinals. Obviously the Cards didn’t think highly enough of Perez for that, but had he pitched better…
Later there was a more interesting question and answer:
Jeri: Do the Cardinals and the Indians have a different team culture?
CP: Yes, very much so. The Cardinals are a lot more intense and less forgiving. But the teams are made up totally differently.
Now, obviously there are going to be different atmospheres between St. Louis – a clubhouse expecting to perennially contend – and Cleveland – a younger team seemingly perennially rebuilding. But it seems to also be another point of reference for the talk we’ve heard all off-season about the clubhouse mentality and intensity that has been beaten to death on talk radio, on message boards, and here in our pages after the Brendan Ryan trade.
I’d write it off completely as the former, teams heading different directions, but for the comment about “less forgiving”. Best not to read too much into it, right?
What say you? More evidence of rookie/young player beat-downs, or just a flippant comment distinguishing between two teams in different levels of competition?
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