“I think that’s just the way he is. That’s just him. If he needs that to get motivated, whatever. It was a little bit of disrespect,” Dyson said. “I guess he felt good striking me out. It’s not like he struck out Albert Pujols.”
Perez has been known to let loose with a primal scream after getting a save or pumping his fists in celebration. While it may annoy and even anger some of his opponents, the rebellious right-hander said he does it to motivate himself.
“(Winning) definitely gives me some leeway to do what I do,” he said. “Nobody wants to hear this from a last-place team. I mean, who cares, you’re in last place. You talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. We’re in first place right now, and it’s fun. I know that, if I’m blowing saves, I can’t do that stuff, either.
“I’m enjoying this. This is fun,” Perez continued. “It’s not very often you can go on a streak like this, especially in the big leagues, and pitch as well as I have been. Not trying to pump myself up, but it’s fun.”