Derek Bell has fallen mightily since he has slipped off the roster of the Major League Pirates (taking that into consideration, you say ‘well kind of’). Last night, Bell, who is unemployed and ratty looking; was arrested for drug paraphenalia (most likely a device used to smoke crack rock) for the second time in three years.
But Bell is still remembered for when he decided to open his mouth about a good old spring training competition for his position, when he was hitting .173:
“Nobody told me I was in competition. If there is competition, somebody better let me know. If there is competition, they better eliminate me out of the race and go ahead and do what they’re going to do with me. I ain’t never hit in spring training and I never will. If it ain’t settled with me out there, then they can trade me. I ain’t going out there to hurt myself in spring training battling for a job. If it is [a competition], then I’m going into ‘Operation Shutdown.’ Tell them exactly what I said. I haven’t competed for a job since 1991.”
I think I was fortunate to realize at a younger age then Bell that at all levels of life, there is some degree of competition. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Major Leagues, it doesn’t matter if you’re pushing papers and getting coffee for someone that matters in your office. Someone is always trying to take your shit. Judging by Bell’s unemployed status, he still hasn’t figured it out that life is one big competition.