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Bell's memorable night takes a bad turn

San Diego closer becomes latest Padres pitcher to leave All-Star Game with a loss

Originally Published: July 15, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

ST. LOUIS -- With the field crowded with pop stars, television celebrities -- and of course All-Stars -- during batting practice, Padres reliever Heath Bell grabbed his camera and began to take snapshots he could treasure for the rest of his life.

In one photo Bell stood by the home dugout, made a rock-star-horns gesture with his right hand and stuck out his tongue. He had asked the crowd behind him to do the same thing.

Bell does not lack confidence, but he knows baseball can be ...

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