An odd turn of events in Boston on Monday led to Indians left-hander Oliver Perez standing on the mound in his socks before throwing a pitch.
After a spike on his cleats appeared to break, Perez waited on the hill for someone to bring him a new pair of shoes. His teammates gathered around him, and Francisco Lindor bent over and adjusted one of Perez’s socks at the toes with his bare hands.
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We don’t recommend standing in dirt without shoes or touching another man’s socks without gloves, but what do we know?
Shoes weren’t the only thing to malfunction for Perez – he went on to surrender a three-run homer to Sandy Leon that effectively put the game out of reach. The Red Sox wound up winning 12-5.
Perez has a 4.73 ERA this year amid a struggling Indians bullpen, which has been a source of pain for Cleveland for a couple of years now.