Photo of the Day: Groundskeeping

Friday, August 30, 2013
Scott Strickland on tractor

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Heading into the weekend and the post-season…

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Hank Willis Thomas and the Season’s Final Home Stand

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas at work. Photo by Ivan Weiss.

Hank Willis Thomas, Bull City Summer’s final guest artist, was brought in to help document the last home stand of the regular season. Hank is an accomplished conceptual photographer and artist who works primarily with themes of identity, history and pop culture. After noting the breadth of our photographers’ impressive, season-long work, Hank was determined to find a new, creative way to document the ballpark during the time he was here in Durham.

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Photo of the Day: Playing Catch

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
little dude playing catch with players

Photo by Ivan Weiss.

The next great baseball star?

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Photo of the Day: Pre-Game Prep

Monday, August 26, 2013
hosing field

Photo by Kate Joyce.

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Saturation: Durham Bulls beat Charlotte Knights, win division title

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I was sitting next to our videographer, Ivan Weiss, for most of last night’s game. Once, a few weeks ago, Ivan miked me up and recorded me while we watched, asking me questions. He didn’t do it last night because he wanted a break from documenting everything, which I can appreciate.

It turned out he didn’t need to, because I inadvertently recorded the whole thing myself. You’ve heard of butt-dialing? This was like that, only with a voice recorder.

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Anatomy of an At-Bat

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Shelley Duncan

Photo by Kate Joyce.

During my first conversation with Durham Bulls designated hitter Shelley Duncan, I relayed an anecdote I heard in the press box by a local beat writer in Toledo. The reporter told me a story about a Detroit Tigers prospect who overthrew the cutoff man on a throw from right field to third base. Had he hit his cutoff man, the hitter would have been held at first rather than advanced to second.

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“Ground Down” in the Paris Review Daily

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Shelley Duncan at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, on August 9, 2013. Wet-plate tintype by Leah Sobsey/Tim Telkamp.

Shelley Duncan at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, on August 9, 2013. Wet-plate tintype by Leah Sobsey/Tim Telkamp.

Today, Mike Croley has a piece for Bull City Summer in the Paris Review Daily, about designated hitter Shelley Duncan:

I first became interested in Duncan… when, watching the team in Columbus, I had spotted his name in the Durham Bulls’ media guide as having the most major-league experience of the roster. He had two considerable stints with the Indians and, before that, had made his rookie debut with the Yankees.

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A Valedictory (of sorts) by Chipper Jones, on the Durham Bulls’ Imminent Clinching of the Division Title

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Chipper Jones jersey

Photo by BaseballBacks via Flickr.

Chipper Jones visited Durham yesterday, for the first time in twenty-one years, to have his jersey number (10) retired. A few hours before the Bulls edged the Charlotte Knights, 5-4, reducing their magic mathematical number for clinching the division title to just one, Jones gave a press conference. Although the Durham Bulls were a Class A Atlanta Braves affiliate in 1992, when Jones played for the team, they are of course a Triple-A franchise now: a much harder, much stranger level.

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Photo of the Day: Shaved Ice, Behind-the-Scenes

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
concessions behind-the-scenes

Photo by Ivan Weiss.

Waiting for customers at concessions.

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Photo of the Day: Leading the Way

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
boy and girl holding hands

Photo by Frank Hunter.

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