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Tribe News and Notes, August 21, 2012

Acta sticking with deep bullpen through road trip | News

Indians manager Manny Acta plans on waiting to see how his pitching staff holds up throughout the current series in Seattle before determining whether to return to a typical seven-man bullpen.

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez doesn't regret incident with A's fan - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez says he wont apologize after being caught on camera in a profanity-laced verbal exchange with a taunting Oakland As fan.

The Chris Perez incident highlights the increasing scrutiny of athletes - every mistake gets caught on tape and goes viral. However, we may not know the whole story. How do athletes and fans deal with the new reality? What can athletes do when fans cross the line? Likewise, what do fans owe athletes, both home team and opposition? How far is too far? These are serious issues, and Chris Perez appears to be a lightning rod (bellwether?) on the topic of the new athlete/fan relationship.