Even though, in America, freedom of speech is a given right, sometimes it's just better to keep your mouth shut. For Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez, his airing of thoughts cost him $750 bucks.
Perez became the first victim of Major League Baseball's new Twitter and social media policy when he made an innocent sounding tweet after last Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, The game itself was a heated affair that included three ejections and two heated exchanges between the two teams before the Indians won.
After the game, Perez went to his Twitter account to express how he felt about the evening.
"Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It's not 'Our Time,' it's TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period."
The gaffe that Perez made was in the 'Our Time' part, which is a direct reference to the Royals' marketing campaign, which is based on the "Our Time." According to part of MLB's new policy, players are forbidden from posting MLB media property without prior authorization, which is the area that Perez entered with his tweet.
Apparently, the 'You hit us. We hit You.' part also was frowned upon by MLB.
Perez received the fine on Wednesday from baseball's Joe Garagiola Jr., who told Perez that he "demonstrated a reckless disregard for the safety of the players on both clubs."
Perez, for his part, disagrees with the fine and has no plans on changing anything about his social media habits.
"It's freedom of speech," Perez said. "I felt I was within my rights as an American."
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.