10/10/2002 8:16 pm ET
Bell enjoys return to St. Louis
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals fans never forget their players, which can make it tough the first time an ex-Card returns.
San Francisco third baseman David Bell, who played with St. Louis from 1995-98, was glad he got those warm feeling out of the way during the regular season.
"Earlier in the year when we had a series here, it was my first time back here," said Bell, who went 3-for-8 with an RBI in those games on July 17 and 18. "It was nice coming back then, and seeing some people and things like that.
"Now, you're so focused on what you're doing. You don't have a whole lot of time to really enjoy the other things."
Bell, 30, ruined the enjoyment for his old fans by knocking a solo shot off Cardinals starter Matt Morris in the fifth inning of the Giants' 9-6 victory in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
Bell might be a familiar face to Cards fans, but his swing certainly isn't what they remember. Bell hit just four home runs in 171 games with the club before Cleveland claimed him off waivers when St. Louis was trying to sneak him into the minors for more work on his swing in 1998.
Since leaving the Cardinals, Bell has hit 77 regular-season home runs in 707 games.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.