PHOENIX -- Heath Bell knows how to make an entrance.
He slid into the mound when arriving for his appearance in the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field, the first pitcher in, oh, ever to do that. He attended his first function as a Diamondback, a golf outing for charity Friday, in a purple-and-pink argyle sweater and socks, winning the Billy Casper lookalike contest in a landslide. The plus-fours should have been a tip-off.
Bell is resolutely positive as he enters his first season in Arizona.
He does not want to waste his breath talking about 2012, and who can blame him? Miami paraded Bell around like a combination saviorshowhorse at the winter meetings after signing him to a three-year, 27 million contract last year, and manager Ozzie Guillen then took the closers job away from Bell a month into the season after an atypically rough beginning, equating a small sample size with a big deal. It all led to Bells worst year, a 4-5 record with 19 saves and a 5.09 ERA -- not that it scare...