Be a team player, but strive to be the best

I always liked Heath Bell--thought the Mets shouldn't have gotten rid of him.  He once avoided arbitration because he said he didn't want to have to wear a suit and a tie.  Today, he showed what a great mindset he had that struck a good balance between being a team guy, but also being a standout all at once...

 

"ESPN reports that Padres closer Heath Bell told reporters in Arizona, where he will pitch for the National League in the All-Star game, that he would be willing to serve as a setup reliever for the remainder of the 2011 season if he is traded. He did insist, however, that he wants to be a closer in 2012. “If you’ve got a closer right now and you need me to be the eighth-inning guy, I’ll be the eighth-inning guy,” Bell said. “Secretly, I would probably tell the manager, ‘Look, I’m going to go out there and I’m going to show you I can beat the other guy.’ If the other guy is better than me, then we’ll have one heck of a bullpen.”"