Photo of the Day: Sunset

Sunday, June 30, 2013
sunset

Another stunning above-the-ballpark image from our photographer Frank Hunter.

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Durham Bulls rained out: Names, an off-day thought

Friday, June 28, 2013

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

It was nice and sunny in midafternoon yesterday while I interviewed Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage. Brundage is familiar to Bulls fans over the last four years as the manager of the Gwinnett Braves, the Bulls’ most constant South Division rival. Prior to that, he managed the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Richmond, Virginia for two seasons. This year, he has changed affiliations.

I’ll have more on that some other time. Not long after the interview, the rains came suddenly and washed last night’s game away.

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Photo of the Day: Shaved Ice

Thursday, June 27, 2013
shaved ice

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

It’s almost July, and there’s a high of 90°F here in Durham today. We think these look especially delicious right now.

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Schemers: Durham Bulls beat Lehigh Valley IronPigs again

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

A little more about Hamlet, and then I’ll stop bugging you.

Hamlet is sometimes called inactive or hesitant, but he’s not, really. From the moment the play starts, he’s just as much of a schemer and an operator as anyone else in the play. It’s just that he has a double awareness that occasionally leads him to question himself, and others. In that, he isn’t unique. King Claudius takes himself to task, too: “Like a man to double business bound, / I stand in pause where I shall first begin, / And both neglect.”

Same with baseball players.

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“My Bullish Heart” on the Paris Review Daily

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tiger Stadium 1984

Tiger Stadium in 1984.

Today, writer, screenwriter and producer David Henry has a new Bull City Summer piece on the Paris Review Daily:

When I was nine years old, it was my belief that a professional baseball player was the most exalted thing a man could be. Ballplayers rivaled the offspring of Greek gods—only marginally mortal and, if they fell, the results were apocalyptic. Some part of me still thinks so. And yet I seldom go to the ballpark anymore, even though I live just a short bike ride south of Louisville Slugger Field, a jewel of a stadium on the Ohio River housed in the red-brick shell of the old Brinly-Hardy train shed that dates back to 1839.

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From Buffalo to Allentown: Durham Bulls beat Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You wouldn’t mistake the Lehigh Valley experience for the Buffalo experience. Among the latter’s nicknames is “The City of No Illusions,” but I found Buffalo quite the little dream—not least because I (and the Durham Bulls) stayed right downtown: that old urban magic. My room looked out on the historic, beautiful Buffalo Savings Bank building, its dome as golden as any Buddhist monument. You walked right down Main Street to the ballpark. On the way, you passed the old Lafayette Hotel, now a great place to get a drink.

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Durham Bulls in the AL East?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Waiting in line at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park box office, June 2013. Photo by Alex Harris.

Last night I tuned my transistor radio to 620 AM and listened to the Durham Bulls play the Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo. Simultaneously, I tuned my iPhone to the MLB radio stream, put it in my iHome, and listened to the Tampa Bay Rays play the Toronto Blue Jays in Tampa Bay. It was a good night to listen to two games at once: The Bulls won 7-1 and the Rays 4-1.

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Durham Bulls down Buffalo Bisons, snap losing streak, head to Allentown

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Buffalo Bisons mascot “Chip” hands out flyers near the ballpark, June 24, 2013.

Back in late May, the Bulls pounced on Ricky Romero in the first inning at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. They tagged him for eight runs, and he tallied more walks (three) than outs (two). It was an absolute disaster. About a week later, the Blue Jays dropped him from their 40-man roster, affixing him to Triple-A until further notice with an implicit message: we no longer consider you major-league material.

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Photo of the Day: Empty Field

Monday, June 24, 2013
empty field at dusk

Photo by Frank Hunter.

No game here today; the Bulls are away.

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Durham Bulls lose third straight to Buffalo Bisons: A day at the beach

Monday, June 24, 2013

There are sentences you can’t imagine ever writing. Here is one: I got a sunburn in Buffalo.

The Bulls and Bisons played scoreless baseball for 13 1/2 innings Sunday afternoon before Buffalo finally won, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourteenth inning. As is often the case in games like this one, it came down to an error. Durham reliever Juan Sandoval allowed a leadoff double to Mike Nickeas in the bottom of the fourteenth. The next batter sacrificed, and Sandoval threw the ball away.

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