Monday, March 10, 2014

Photo: Reds pitcher Trevor Bell honors famous grandfather with clown tattoo

Trevor Bell

Some people are absolutely terrified by clowns. Others embrace the happy-go-lucky characters.

For Reds minor league pitcher Trevor Bell, clowns represent a special place in his heart, and his body, as the 27-year-old immortalizes his late grandfather with a giant tattoo. You see, Bell's grandfather wasn't your average guy, he is credited for being the inspiration behind Bozo the Clown.

More on the story from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

It’s rare to see Bell, 27, without a smile. That could be genetic, as the Bell family has been providing thousands of smiles for many years. Bell is the grandson of Bob Bell, who was Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago from 1960 to 1984.

Bell has a tattoo of his grandfather on his left arm, as well as a pair of clown shoes with the words, “The shoes will never be filled.”

Although Bell's grandfather died when he was just 11-years-old, the impact his grandfather had on him is clearly long lasting.

Last season, Bell notched 17 saves and a 1.72 ERA in 27 relief appearances for Double-A Pensacola. It is expected he begins the year in the high minors once again in 2014.

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

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