ATLANTA (AP) — Suspended Reds manager David Bell planned to watch Friday’s game in privacy after his wayward experience the night before.
Bell, who is serving a six-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl this week, tried unsuccessfully to observe his team from the stands Thursday at SunTrust Park, only to be recognized by fans who wanted to chat and take pictures with him during the action.
“What happened first was I went to the outfield seats because I am allowed in the seats and I blend in,” he said before Cincinnati faced the Atlanta Braves. “Nobody’s ever known or cared who I (was) or that I do anything, but I don’t know. With everything that’s gone on the last few days, I sat down and people started coming up to me right away. Then I went into the concourse and was going to move seats. People were like, ‘Hey, there’s the manager!’ I knew this wasn’t going to work.”
Bell left the ballpark and went to the Omni hotel behind center field. He watched the game for a while, but had to leave the hotel when the satellite TV service went out. He then moved from restaurant to restaurant in the Battery retail area adjacent to the ballpark before heavy storms hit the area and ended the game in the seventh inning.