Photo of the Day: Let Me See

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
kids with baseball toys

Photo by Ivan Weiss.

Vying for baseball swag at the ballpark.

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“Taking it to the Mattress” on the Paris Review Daily

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
bullpen

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Poet, playwright and Bull City Summer contributor Howard Craft has a new BCS piece up on the Paris Review Daily:

I’m eighty-one but I can feel like I’m fifteen when I’m talking baseball. It brings you back.
—Buck O’Neil, Kansas City Monarchs, Negro Leagues

The ball explodes from the pitcher’s hand like a bullet, but it’s high and inside. “BALL!” the umpire yells, and the batter takes his base. The Bulls have two men on with no outs, bottom of the seventh.

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Photo of the Day: Onlookers at Twilight

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Photo by Frank Hunter.

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Darlene Clayton: From Baseball to Blood Spatter

Monday, July 8, 2013
Darlene Clayton

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

Next to the ticket window at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a glass-doored office. If you’ve ever taken the elevator down from the stadium to the first floor or exited through the back of the gift shop, you may have found yourself here, a cool, air-conditioned reception area through which members of the media, umpires, Bulls staff members, players and scouts all enter the ballpark. At the front desk sits a woman in her late sixties with twinkly eyes, a wide smile and a strong Southern accent.

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Photo of the Day: The Bullboard

Sunday, July 7, 2013
bull billboard

Photo by Ivan Weiss.

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Durham Bulls beat Norfolk Tides: Dragonflies

Friday, July 5, 2013

Photo by Harold Gutmann.

The dragonfly landed early in the game on the miniature American flag someone had planted in the press box. It stayed there for a long time, multiple innings. A sentry, a mascot, a talisman. Gentle winds blew through the window, but the dragonfly stayed.

Dragonflies have amazing wings, and every time I looked at the one in the press box my thoughts were raised by notions of flight, height, altitude, loft. In our dreams, we fly.

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A Modest Proposal: The Fifth of July, or the Quiet Game (one for the purists)

Friday, July 5, 2013
Beckham on the field

Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.

On December 20, 1980, the last Sunday of the regular season, NBC broadcast a historic football game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Actually, the game itself wasn’t important; both teams had already been eliminated from playoff contention. It was memorable for reasons quite apart from the action and the outcome: the game was broadcast without broadcasters.

The Orange Bowl PA Announcer was instructed to embellish his summary of plays in order to ensure clarity for the television watchers at home.

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Photo of the Day: Fireworks

Thursday, July 4, 2013
fireworks at dbap

Photo by Alex Harris.

Happy Fourth of July to all of you. Fireworks at the ballpark tonight!

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Letting go: Durham Bulls beat Columbus Clippers and Daisuke Matsuzaka (again)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, July 2, 2013. Photo by Ivan Weiss.

Mostly, baseball only seems melancholy. Sometimes, though, it really is.

Last year, on May 17, Daisuke Matsuzaka came to town on a Triple-A rehab assignment for the Boston Red Sox. Dice-K, as he has long been known, was in the final year of a six-year, fifty-two-million-dollar contract, which he signed in December of 2006. There was much cloak-and-dagger intrigue surrounding the bidding war for his services that autumn.

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Photo of the Day: Taking Cover

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
rain over fans in stands

Photo by Frank Hunter.

Unless the weather changes soon, we may be in store for this tonight. Which, come to think of it, doesn’t look so bad.

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