Here he is, the man who personifies what it is to be a Pittsburgh sports whipping boy - Derek Bell.

In spring training 2002, while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Derek Bell, who had hit .173 the previous season, did not feel that he needed to prove he was worthy of a starting job.

On March 18, Bell told reporters:

"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."

Derek Bell left the team on March 29, was released on March 31, and never played in the majors again. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up paying him $4.5 million not to play for them. Derek Bell then moved onto his house boat and has subsequently been arrested several times for drug possession.

As you can see, few people have performed so poorly, acted with such entitlement, all while having the ego to make such statements in public.  One can only assume that when Derek Bell went to the ball park to pick up his paychecks for the remainder of the 2002 Pittsburgh Pirates season he had the common courtesy to wear a ski mask and use a fake voice since he was stealing that money.


Read what ESPN had to say about him here.

Derek Bell