Perez eyes supporting, closer roles
Reliever takes aim at starring on TV, in the ninth inning
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Perez has his eyes on a role he feels he was born to play.The closing role with the Indians? Well, sure, that's definitely a role the hard-throwing young reliever is interested in. But for now, Perez's more modest hope is to land a cameo role on the HBO comedy show "Eastbound and Down." After all, he feels he bears a physical resemblance to the show's fictional main character, Kenny Powers, a former Major Leaguer adjusting to life outside of professional ball and trying to get back in. Ever since the show debuted a year ago, people have been telling Perez he has a doppelganger in Danny McBride, the actor who plays Powers. "I did a Google search of him," Perez said, "and my picture was like the third thing that came up." The connection even runs from resemblance to representation, as the two belong to Creative Artists Agency. "We actually reached out to his agent about getting me a cameo," said Perez, who has no previous acting experience. "Maybe I could be his competition. I could play the young guy who takes his job." Alas, the second season of the show has already been shot, so Perez will have to wait at least another year. In the meantime, he just might reach that other goal. If the Indians do follow the industry speculation and trade Kerry Wood at some point this season, Perez is Wood's heir apparent in the ninth-inning role.
2010 Spring Training - Cleveland Indians
News & Features
- Cabrera back as Indians top Reds in spring finale
- Quote to note
- Asdrubal confident he'll be ready to start Opening Day
- Despite being sent down, Carrasco proud of effort
- Smoke signals
Sights & Sounds
Spring Training Info
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.