Earlier in the week we posted about how Heath Bell really doesn’t like ESPN and Baseball Tonight’s coverage of Major League Baseball. He claimed the WWL only cared about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets. So basically he said exactly what we’ve all been thinking for years. Then, he went out and shut down his former team (the Mets) in their new stadium’s inaugural game, earning the first save in Citi Field history, after saying how much he’d love to do just that the day before.
Bell has really been at it all week, continuing to open his mouth where many other players would keep theirs shut, and it’s awesome. Not only has Bell caught the attention of virtually the entire blogosphere, but he’s really pissing off Mets fans in the process. On Wednesday a post on NJ.com’s Mets Blog entitled “Every Time a Bell Speaks My Head Aches” gave me nothing less than pure satisfaction.
That was after I heard what he had to say in a radio interview earlier in the day. His quotes from that about the Mets are priceless. And likely right on the mark.
“The Mets are … they’re really not a team, you know? They’re still out there with a bunch of great players and they’re a bunch of individuals. But, I mean, their talent is unbelievable.”
“When I say you’re individuals, you’re not really a team … Well, the Mets have all the talent in the world. I mean, you got Jose Reyes, David Wright, Beltran, Delgado. I mean you’ve got all these guys that are phenomenal athletes. But, I think at the end of the day … you know, like say after the game – I’m not saying you guys need to go out and have drinks, but I think, after the game, they just kind of go their separate ways. Where, we (the Padres), we go hang out together. You know? We’re gonna hang out together. Not…Maybe not ever single one of us but, you know, we’re gonna – if there’s a team party, just about everybody’s gonna show up. Whereas I don’t think the Mets have a team party. If they have a team party, they maybe just feel obligated to go. Where we, we’re gonna go and have fun and rag on each other and you know, it’s kinda like a fraternity. You’re brothers.”
Lock every baseball analyst in a room for three weeks together and I guarantee you they couldn’t come up with a better explanation for why the Mets have suffered monumental collapses in each of the last two seasons. It’s the same reason the Yankees haven’t won a title since 2000 despite having the league’s biggest payroll.
While maybe Bell is showing a bit of anger towards a team that cast him off and clearly didn’t believe in him or treat him well (if you believe this article), it’s hard to believe there’s no truth in what he’s saying.
In case you were wondering, Bell went out and got his fifth save last night, retiring David Murphy, Wright and Delgado in order. It was his second save at Citi Field, he’s currently five-for-five on the season and has allowed no runs and just one hit while striking out five.
How did he top the night off? He went on Baseball Tonight (the same show he ripped earlier in the week) and gave the greatest call-in interview in that show’s history. I couldn’t embed the video so just go to this page and look for it in the video section. It’s worth it.
After only 10 games as the Padres’ closer I can now officially say that I love Heath Bell.