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Heath Bell watched Thursday’s Reds-Marlins game from the stands

May 18, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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It turns out that Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell made his return to Marlins Park on Thursday night, not for last night’s series opener. According to Steve Gilbert of, Bell said that he took in Thursday’s Reds-Marlins game from the stands.

The D-backs arrived in Miami in the wee hours Thursday morning and Bell took a cab to Marlins Park, bought a ticket at the window and sat and watched the Marlins battle the Reds. After struggling mightily with the Marlins last year, Bell was heavily booed when he would come in to pitch and he expects a similar reception this weekend, but Thursday he sat among the fans in peace.

Why go to a baseball game on your day off?

“Why not go to the game?” Bell said. “Just bought a ticket and stayed low key. I didn’t wear a hat. I think with a hat, people would have recognized me more. We always watch games, but it’s just different to watch the game in the stands. Watching a game from the stands is just completely different from what we usually do. It’s almost like you want to go play, but you can’t. You have to wait a day.”

In all fairness, Heath, it’s easy to go unrecognized when nobody is around you.

While Bell did put a few dollars in Jeffrey Loria’s pocket on Thursday, the Marlins are paying $4 million of his $8.5 million salary this season. That technically makes him the team’s second-highest paid player behind right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

  1. djjackson81 - May 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Miami is paying 4 of Bells 8.5 million salary making Bell the second highest salary on the Marlins . What’s this owner doing played the Miami fans got a new stadium and dumped all his salary for a roster full of 1 million dollar players? I would oust this dude out of Miami he is a crook.

    • lyon810 - May 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      ^ Literary Velvet

    • jwbiii - May 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Three, 4, and 5 are Jose Reyes, Jim Johnson, and Mark Buehrle at $2.83M.

      • jwbiii - May 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Make that Josh Johnson.

  2. andreweac - May 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    People go to Marlins games? That is newsworthy in of itself.

  3. lukescottsbedsidemanner - May 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Heath Bell Is My HomeBoy

  4. 13arod - May 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    maybe he was thinking if he bought tickets maybe other people would follow

  5. thunderstruck772000 - May 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Marlin fans have short memorys when they bought there world series titles they dumped most of there good players the next year this time the got a new stadium instead of a title then dumped all there good players except Stanton it will take a long time before they will compete again. Florida might be or was a good College football state but they got alot to learn about MLB & NFL.The only Pro titles they have won were bought (Marlins,Heat) some of Steinbreiners dna must be in all there pro team owners.

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