Albert Belle was honored on Saturday as the Cleveland Indians gave away a bobblehead of the slugger. It is not just any bobblehead as it is one that features Belle pointing to his bicep.
Belle was a powerful slugger during his time in Cleveland but he was also a PR nightmare.
A year after Belle had been caught using a corked bat the Indians met the Red Sox in the 1995 ALDS. After Belle hit a home run in the 11th inning the Kevin Kennedy, manager of the Red Sox, asked umpires to check his bat.
After umpires looked at the bat, Belle glared across the diamond at Kennedy from the Cleveland dugout and pointed to his bicep. He then yelled “Right here, (expletive).”
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For those wondering Belle and the Indians have been on better terms of late after his infamous signing with the Chicago White Sox prior to the 1997 season. Before the hiring of Terry Francona the now 46-year-old talked about managing the Tribe himself.
Belle last played in 2000 – at the age of 34 and dealing with hip issues – and finished his MLB career with a .295/.365/.564 line, 381 home runs and 1239 RBI.