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May 27, 2019
Cleveland Indians reliever Oliver Perez got off on the wrong foot at Fenway Park. In a bizarre scene, Perez was left standing around in his socks during a delay in the fifth inning, waiting for someone to bring him new shoes before starting his outing against the Boston Red Sox. Perez was warming up when he noticed something was off with his left cleat. He called for time, then signaled for a fresh pair of Nike’s.

BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Oliver Perez got off on the wrong foot Monday at Fenway Park.

In a bizarre scene, Perez was left standing around in his socks during a delay in the fifth inning, waiting for someone to bring him new shoes before starting his outing against the Boston Red Sox.

Perez was warming up when he noticed something was off with his left cleat. He called for time, then signaled for a fresh pair of Nike’s.

While a trainer fetched them from the clubhouse, the 37-year-old Perez meandered around the mound in his socks. He stepped onto the grass to lace up the replacement footwear, then finally got to work.

Boston socked it to him. Perez gave up an RBI double to Jackie Bradley Jr. and a three-run homer to Sandy Leon during a rocky outing that put the Red Sox ahead 9-3.

It wasn’t the first pair of Nike’s to blow out on a big stage this year. Duke basketball star Zion Williamson was injured in February after the sole burst on his sneakers — that malfunction caused Nike’s stock to drop the next day.

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