Not only has he has contributed seven hits and six RBI while providing solid defence, but he has earned respect from the masses for battling through pain after being hit with balls and bats on multiple occasions.
However, now the 25-year-old Venezuelan is garnering attention for another reason. In Game 1 of the World Series, Perez was seen touching a brown mystery substance that was on on his right shinguard.
Some suspect it was pine tar and a way for Royals pitchers to gain an advantage on New York Mets batters.
Royals manger Ned Yost doesn’t believe there was anything untoward about what was going on.
“It’s not illegal,” Yost said, according to the New York Post. “I don’t know what it was. It was brown. It’s not illegal for a catcher to have it on his shinguard. It’s illegal for a pitcher.”
Mets manager Terry Collins agreed with Yost, telling CBS’ John Heyman that, “It’s nothing.”