I sit in a sea of hats, mostly blue and orange, all displaying capital Ds with Bulls leaping from their center. So many hats, old, brand-new, mesh, wool, bent brims, straight brims, some worn in the traditional manner, some turned to the back or even sideways. These conservative, ostentatious, loud, quiet, unassuming, over-the-top and out-of-the box hats do more than represent the Durham Bulls baseball team.
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.
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.
2013 is the 25th anniversary of the hit movie Bull Durham. Bull City Summer will cover all 72 home games during the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the results—in literary writing and art photography—will update the brand created by that movie for this historic minor league baseball franchise.