CLEVELAND –Josh Bell got his first true taste of what it means to be a star this week.
He started as the National League’s designated hitter on Tuesday night in its 4-3 loss to the American League in the All-Star Game at Progressive Field. That came a night after he participated in the Home Run Derby, bowing out in the first round to Braves center-fielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
From an impartial observer’s standpoint, it was interesting to see how much media attention Bell received during the two days of festivities. Seemingly everyone wanted to talk to the Pirates’ switch-hitting first baseman about his breakout season that includes a major-league-leading 84 RBIs.