When the Mets finally made the announcement that they were releasing Oliver Perez last week. One of the things that didn’t get much attention was how smoothly the whole ordeal went. Oliver Perez upon getting the news said,
“When they told me, I almost knew what they were going to tell me,” Perez said inside the clubhouse at the team’s spring training complex after shaking hands with teammates. “It’s one of those times you don’t feel great, but I don’t want to quit.”
“I think they gave me an opportunity,” he said. “They were fair with me when I came here. ‘We’re going to give you an opportunity to be a starter.’ I didn’t do anything great. They moved me to the bullpen trying to be a lefty specialist. And the last game, that was a real horrible job.”
This when compared to how things have gotten ugly with the Cubs release of Carlos Silva makes you appreciate how the Mets and Oliver Perez handled things.
Here is what Carlos Silva had to say after finding out he had been released.
“Riggs came to me and said, ‘What a day, and now go out there and do your workout and continue pitching the way you’re doing,… A half-hour later, he called me into the hall and started talking to me. I’m like, if you have to say something, be straight. He has to learn he’s in the big leagues now, know what I mean? There’s no kids around here anymore.”
This of course was met with a rather strong response from the Cubs organization. 1st here is what Cubs GM Jim Hendry had to say courtesy of ESPNChicago.com.
“Obviously we’re dealing with a man at this stage of his career who’s not willing to face the facts,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “What he’s done for the last few years in his career, except for a two-month period, is way below major league standards. And he seems to have the continual problem [of] blaming everybody but himself.”
“Basically, he wasn’t good enough to make the team,” Hendry said. “You factor in not only spring training, but you try to go back and factor in the second half of last year, looking at a guy who had a 14-something ERA from July 11 and came to camp with a notion that he already had a spot in the rotation. Obviously, the first three, four outings, quite poor.”
“His comments about Mark Riggins were totally inappropriate and unacceptable. Once again, it’s a weakness for somebody that doesn’t perform well and chooses to blame somebody else on the way out.”
Then here is what Cubs manager Mike Quade had to say.
“I was really disappointed when I heard [Silva's comments]. First of all, he’s dead f—ing wrong, OK, about my pitching coach. And I have no f—ing time for that.”
“Respect is a two-way street,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about respect. If you ain’t giving it, you ain’t getting it.”
In NY an exchange like this would be Front Page news. Makes one appreciate how smoothly Ollie’s release went.