Pep talks come in all shapes and sizes, from a manager encouraging you in the locker room, to a pitching coach giving wisdom on the mound -- heck, even positive words from your wife on a social network count.
Heath Bell picked up big money to take his relief pitching talents to South Beach, and was off to a lousy start with the Marlins. He had been hammered for 8 hits, to go along with three walks and two blown saves in the first few weeks of the 2012 season. That's when Bell's wife Nicole stepped up with an encouraging message on Facebook.
"It was inspiring, about how far I've come, how far we've come as a couple, where our daughter has come from because our daughter has Down's syndrome," Bell told the Miami Herald.
"Our first home was a mobile home, and I spent so many years in the minors. She was, like, 'Look how far we've come. Don't worry about all the other stuff that’s going on. You've overcome so many things. Don't let this get you.'"
Whether it was his wife's words, or simply mechanical advice from Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Clair and catcher John Buck, the bottom line is, whatever it was worked.
Bell pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night to pick up his first save in Miami.
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Bell spent some of the $27 million contract he picked up from the Marlins on this sweet home in California.
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