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Bell's slide steals the show

Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:22 am
Edited on: July 13, 2011 7:42 am
Heath Bell

By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- Heath Bell was sure he wouldn't get hurt sliding into the pitchers mound in the eighth inning -- he'd practiced it after all.

Wait… what?

"Yeah, I practiced," Bell said of his slide.


"On my lawn. Last week," Bell said. "I'm not going to do something stupid… well, I'm not going to do something stupid without preparing myself."

 Bell has sprinted in from the bullpen for every appearance since 2009, but for his third All-Star Game, he wanted to do something a little special. The result had players and fans alike laughing as the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Bell came in to face Jhonny Peralta with two outs in the eighth and just before he got to the mound, he slowed his run and slid feet-first, tearing up a little of the infield sod along the way.

See the play here.

The idea was hatched in the Padres' bullpen recently as Bell tried to conjure a signature move for his All-Star appearance. Finally, fellow right-hander Anthony Bass suggested the slide.

Even with the practice under his belt, Bell had second thoughts during the game. First manager Bruce Bochy gave his "this game really counts" speech before the game and Bell reconsidered. Then during his run, he thought maybe it was just a bit too much. But when he saw third baseman Pablo Sandoval clear the way for his slide -- he went for it.

At second base, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had gotten full warning that Bell was going to do "something." He saw the sprint and thought it was nothing new -- Phillips' former teammate Todd Coffey has been doing that for the last five years. And then Bell went into a slide.

"What in the world?" Phillips recalled. "It was funny. It was classic."

What about first basmean Joey Votto? What did he think?

"I think he was safe. I wasn't really that surprised," Votto said. "I was expecting more from Brian Wilson afterwards, though. I thought maybe he'd do something cool, like parachute in."

Wilson said he enjoyed Bell's slide, but had just one thought.

"You better get the guy out," Wilson said.

Bell needed five pitches, but did get Peralta to pop up to Phillips, ending the inning.

"It was my third All-Star Game and I wanted to have a blast," Bell said. "I did and I did my job."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:18 pm
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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 6:41 pm

Bell's slide steals the show

It's Thursday and I just took a look at Heath Bell's slide. I think it was funny and not really "out there." Heath's a fun-loving guy and he's sure popular with fans here in SD. Even though major-league baseball is a hard-nosed business, baseball, as a game, is supposed to be fun. And let's face it, if Bell's mini-slide stole the show, it wasn't much of a show to steal. Furthermore, Bell slid feet-first which is what all players should be doing again. Sliding head-first, on dirt no less, is more potentially injurious and slower to the plate than with feet.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:15 pm
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Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:37 am

Bell's slide steals the show

People need to lighten up. Like someone already stated, it's a game. And these guys get paid a lot of money to play it. They should be having fun. Lots of it.

And to the people worried about him hurting himself; he is an athlete and a baseball player. If he can't perform a feet-first slide without blowing out a knee, he has much bigger problems. But it looks like he did alright ... he's only been doing this thing called baseball since, oh, Little League?

And, personally, my own favorite highlight was Brian Wilson's interview after the game. Now, that's entertainment!

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:36 pm

Bell's slide steals the show

I thought it was really funny and brought some entertainment into an otherwise forgetable All-Star game. Bell is a quality guy, and at least he acted like he wanted to be there.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:30 pm

Bell's slide steals the show

We all need to remember it is a game.  I was listening to San Diego radio earlier today and many fans feel that Bell's slide was just horrible and he was a black eye for the organization.  Are they kidding or just insane?  Dude, it was a slide for fun, just what the game is for the fans.  I think we take sports way too seriously.  Get over it, nice slide, Bell.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:57 pm

Bell's slide steals the show

Go ahead and keep thinkin Fox knows more than viewers pal. Stupidity does not equal entertainment or WWF would be viewed over MLB.
No thanks as well on Heath Bell attempting an Ozzie Smith back flip...MLB has had enough fatalities for the season.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:13 pm

Bell's slide steals the show

Relax oh gratuitous punctuator, it’s a game!  It’s all telling that you had to resort to name calling and sophomoric swearing.  In case that’s all you saw in the last two days, Bell was showcased by Fox three separate times not including his slide and five pitches.  Apparently unlike you, Fox understands the value of entertainment.   He was hardly doing an Ozzie Smith back flip, but a slide – it’s what baseball players do!   Unfortunately money has turned sports into a business, but in reality, it’s a game! 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:48 am

Bell's slide steals the show

Pathetic attempt by one closer to try and upstage the crazy freak with the gawd ugly jet black dyed beard. Look Heath, it`s a wonder your fat ass didn`t pull a hammy or break a stick sliding at the mound??  Save that for a sparcly attended Padres game which is 81 at home & 81 on the road. He also chatted with a young fan during the game and no lie gave him a yoda back back he wore with souveniers/signed ball inside.  That part minus yoda was actually cool. Respect the game & yourself at least enough to only run in. Power slides are done best at the assanine pool in RF. So glad the D-Bags & AZ can`t possibly host another meaningful game for years. Go back to making porn at AZ St. freaks. 

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:05 am

Bell's slide steals the show

When a pitcher sliding into the mound when he comes in is called "stealing the show", it's very clear there isn't much of a show to steal to begin with.  Head first would have been safer - at least it would have put his least vulnerable body part in front.

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