SEATTLE, Wash. — At least this time closer Chris Perez didn't go head-to-head with Indians fans.
Before Saturday night's game against Oakland at O.com Coliseum, Perez argued with a heckler dressed in Athletics gear at the grandstand near the Indians' bullpen. One of the heckler's friends videotaped the confrontation and put it on the Internet. It can still be seen on deadspin.com, but YouTube.com took it down.
Perez had no qualms about the profanity-laced exchange, with Perez using most of the foul language, being captured on video.
"I don't regret it," he said before Monday night's game in Seattle. "I wouldn't have done it (if I regretted it). Looking back, it's not the best thing to be on the Internet and stuff. I had no idea they were videotaping it. I wouldn't have done it if I knew that.
"Looking back, that's what he was planning. So he got me."
Perez said the same fan has been heckling him for four years.
"Let me give you some history," said Perez. "He's been there for four years. I always shag in left field and he's been wearing me out for four years. On Saturday, I was in right center to get away from him. He came around to right center and got on me again.
"I ignored it for 1 1/2 groups (of Indians hitters during batting practice). Then I just said, 'What's your problem? If you got something to say, come down to my face and say it down in the bullpen.' That's what happened."
The video shows his ulterior motives. It's unfortunate. It's out there and I've just got to live and learn from it."
Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti talked to Perez on Monday after viewing the video.
"While there is more to the situation than the video depicts, Chris understands that he should have handled the situation differently," said Antonetti. "In my conversation with him, Chris assured me that he would deal with any future incidents more appropriately."
The video shows an A's security guard standing next to Perez during the exchange.
Bob Rose, director of public relations for the A's, said: "The A’s security guard on the field stepped in and then monitored the verbal exchange to make sure it did not escalate. The exchange ended and that was the extent of it."
In the video it appeared the Perez asked the security guard to eject the fan, but it's not clear if he was ejected or not.
"You have to live and learn," said Perez. "Luckily, I didn't say too much bad stuff. It was pretty bad, but it could have been worse.
"It's one of those things ... four years and I'd had enough. I'm not even playing the game. I'm shagging. I understand during the game it's all part of the game. It wasn't just a random guy that I just pointed out. It was the same guy for four years who has just been on me and on me."
Perez did not think he should be disciplined by the Indians or MLB.
"For what, talking?" asked Perez. "No, I think I'm all right."
As Perez walked away from the argument, the fan yelled: "Get your hair cut. You're garbage."
Perez complimented Oakland fans.
"We've had really good experiences with their fans," said Perez. "We're right there in that little wood box (bullpen dugout) and all those people are nice. He's an isolated incident.l I've never had any problems warming up there. Usually they're complimentary."
Twice this season Perez has criticized Cleveland fans, once for not coming to Progressive Field and watching the Indians when they were in first place in the AL Central, and again when he questioned their blind loyalty to the Browns and wondered why they couldn't forgive former Cavalier LeBron James.