SAN DIEGO -- When Heath Bell entered the game in the eighth inning Saturday night, San Diego fans let him know exactly what they thought of his five mostly remarkable seasons here.
Catcalls, combined with a smattering of appreciation.
Three 40-save years does not buy much any more.
Bell knew it was coming. He got the same thing last year, when he returned to Petco Park after signing a free-agent deal with the Marlins following seasons of 42, 47 and 43 saves with the Padres. That run began in 2009, when he took over as closer from Hall of Famer-in-waiting Trevor Hoffman.
Not that it bothered him Saturday. Bell got Jedd Gyorko to ground into an inning-ending double play after entering with the bases loaded and one out in an 8-1 game and finishing with a 1-2-3 ninth.
A poor reception comes with the territory for alien invaders, but some fans here seem to believe that Bell deserted the Padres. The truth is nothing like that.
Bell signed a three-year, 27 million contract with Miam...