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Albert Belle tells Clevelanders to be nice to LeBron

Dec 1, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

Albert Belle

Albert Belle is now the voice of reason. Which also means the end times are upon us, so prepare yourself.

Belle — the ill-tempered power hitter for the Indians who left for a big contract, and who knows what it is like to be booed by Clevelanders — is hoping everyone acts like adults when LeBron James and the Cavaliers come to Cleveland Thursday night, as he told the Plain Dealer.

“My advice to LeBron is to take the high road and act professional,” said Belle. “I hope the fans do the same. I don’t want them to embarrass themselves on TV. I’d like to see everybody hug and kiss before the game and then the fans can boo the heck out of LeBron during the game.”

He’ll get his wish on the booing. Belle got booed and worse. He left Cleveland for the big money contract in Chicago with the White Sox in 1997 — and for Belle’s homecoming someone had rented a plane so he could drag a derogatory message over the stadium. But that wasn’t all.

“It was crazy,” said Belle. “They were throwing batteries. Someone threw a pair of binoculars.”

It could happen again, although everyone is hoping that is not the case. Even Belle.

  1. 8dollarbeer - Dec 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    ESPN’s Buster Olney would write about Belle’s outbursts while a Cleveland Indian:

    It was a taken in baseball circles that Albert Belle was nuts… The Indians billed him $10,000 a year for the damage he caused in clubhouses on the road and at home, and tolerated his behavior only because he was an awesome slugger… He slurped coffee constantly and seemed to be on a perpetual caffeinated frenzy. Few escaped his wrath: on some days he would destroy the postgame buffet…launching plates into the shower… after one poor at-bat against Boston, he retreated to the visitor’s clubhouse and took a bat to teammate Kenny Lofton’s boombox. Belle preferred to have the clubhouse cold, below 60 degrees, and when one chilly teammate turned up the heat, Belle walked over, turned down the thermostat, and smashed it with his bat. His nickname, thereafter, was “Mr. Freeze

    Yes Albert has always acted with such poise and as a mature adult. What a tool this guy is.

  2. dsims7 - Dec 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Im a little behind but, if true, glad he is gone! As for LB…………Thursday will be fun to watch!

  3. alan3008 - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    8dollarbeer,

    Hey, nice cut-and-paste off of Wikipedia.
    Yes, Belle was an a–hole, but he was a great baseball player and based on his statistics and performance on the field, he should be in the Hall of Fame. It is sad the amount of votes he got and is no longer on the ballot to get in. Ty Cobb is in the HOF, and he would make Belle look like a frikin saint.

  4. texasupgrade - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Albert Belle made derogatory comments about the people who tolerated him for years after he left the Indians.

    The banner I remember flying over the stadium said “Will Rogers never met Albert Belle”. Accurate and but hardly derogatory.

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