â†µâ‡¥“I saw John Kruk on 'Baseball Tonight,' and he said, 'They're playing real well, but I don't believe in them,'” Bell said before Monday's game. “And I saw ESPN's promo for tonight's game. They mention the Mets are opening Citi Field, they mentioned the starting time, but nowhere did they mention the Padres. That gave me the (expletive). â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥“I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets -- and nobody else,” said the closer, a former Met. “That's why I like the MLB Network, because they promote everybody. I'm really turned off by ESPN and 'Baseball Tonight.' When Jake Peavy threw 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, they showed one pitch in the third inning and that was it. It's all about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets.” â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µIt’s no longer a show for real, or even casual, baseball fans and hasn’t been for some time. You can mark the specific moment it took a turn for the worse: When they hired John Kruk in 2004. â†µâ†µ
â†µMLB Network though ... it’s the heat, friends. â†µâ†µ
â†µ(PS. What is the "expletive" Bell used? We've been trying to figure it out, and our best bet seems to be "sh--s." Like, he was so angry, it caused him intestinal discomfort. Although there's some fun to be had if you let your imagination run wild.) â†µâ†µ
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