Photo of the Day: Mommy

Sunday, June 9, 2013
mom-and-daughter

Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.

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Photo of the Day: Looming Clouds

Friday, June 7, 2013
clouds over stadium

Photo by Frank Hunter.

In honor of Tropical Storm Andrea, a bit of light in an ominous sky over DBAP.

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Bobbie and Marvin

Friday, June 7, 2013
Bobbie and Marvin at home

Photo by Eliza Harris.

Triple-A baseball is an unpredictable sport, but come to a Bulls game and there are a number of certainties. Jatovi McDuffie will be on the field between innings, announcing promotional games. Vendors will be roaming through the stands and staffing the concessions booths, hawking costly hot dogs, popcorn and beer. And in two prime seats just behind home plate, you’ll find Bobbie and Marvin Wheeler, nursing beers and watching the game with silent intensity.

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Photo of the Day: A Tree, A Light

Thursday, June 6, 2013
tree-and-light

Photo by Frank Hunter.

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Replacement Level, Vol. 1

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
home plate stencil

Photo by Kate Joyce.

There is no such thing as the Durham Bulls.

Well, of course there is. If there wasn’t, there would be no Bull City Summer. We see the team play seventy-two times a year: twenty-five guys in Durham Bulls uniforms at any given time, playing Durham Bulls baseball games, trying to hit and pitch their way to the major leagues. It is a wonderful story to witness and document, full of striving, complexity, excitement—or, if you’re just at the ballpark for the sumo wrestling and funnel cakes, then it’s full of, well, sumo and funnel cakes.

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BCS on The Morning News

Monday, June 3, 2013
DBAP at sunset

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Today on the online magazine The Morning News, a Q&A with Sam Stephenson and a beautiful gallery featuring photography by our contributors.

TMN: What do the Bulls mean to Durham?

SS: A lot. Durham Bulls Athletic Park is one of the few places where every demographic within a 30-mile radius is represented. Plus, as Durham becomes more and more of a gentrified hipster haven, the Bulls are a presence with links back to a time when Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller were playing Piedmont blues for tips during shift changes at the tobacco markets, only a block or two from the existing stadium.

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Jim Paduch Retires; Durham Bulls Beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Suddenly

Monday, June 3, 2013

Photo by Alex Harris.

Just as there was little to say about the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ 9-1 pounding of the Durham Bulls on Saturday, there isn’t that much to pick apart about the Bulls returning the favor, more or less, 7-4, on Sunday. The game was not as close as the score indicates, as the sports cliché goes. Mike Montgomery, the somewhat mysterious lefty making his second start for Durham since returning from an arm injury, “tossed” six innings of six-hit, three-run ball.

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“The Bulls of Summer”: BCS in the N&O

Sunday, June 2, 2013
player spitting tobacco

Photo by Kate Joyce.

The News & Observer has a great feature story about Bull City Summer out today:

DURHAM — Fresh from inserting a wad of chewing tobacco in his mouth, the ballplayer paused from conversing with his teammates in the bullpen to watch a ball coming toward him. It was a foul ball rolling briskly down the right field of Durham Bulls Athletic Park. And as the ball kicked into the bullpen, the player caught it, flicked it to a kid in the stands and leaned over to spit a stream of tobacco juice.

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Body Language: Chien-Ming Wang and RailRiders End Durham Bulls’ Winning Streak

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Photo by Frank Hunter.

The biggest impression of last night’s 9-1 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre win over Durham, which was practically a foregone conclusion after Zoilo Almonte’s first-inning home run off of Jake Odorizzi, was made after the game. When we headed downstairs to do our post-game interviews, we were accompanied into the corridor by three Taiwanese television media folk. They were there to talk to Chien-Ming Wang, who started for the RailRiders and made short work of the Bulls, tossing seven efficient shutout innings.

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To Be Continued: Durham Bulls Beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Saturday, June 1, 2013
cotton candy

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

Who is going to pitch tonight?

That was among the burning questions we had for Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo after his team won its season-high fifth straight game, and eighth in their last nine. They took care of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rather easily, 8-4, behind Jim Paduch’s best pitching performance of the year; another convincing, long-form save by an unlikely reliever; and–most notably–more whacking hits all around the ballpark.

The Bulls are cruising.

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