State of the Bulls Address: Ghost World Edition

Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch in Ghost World. Courtesy of United Artists and Granada Film Productions.

“Ghost world” for two reasons. Topmost: I’m writing this on June 12th, an off-day for the Bulls. It’s the date on which the just-finished-high-school narrator of Aimee Mann’s wonderfully wistful song (warning: bad video!) of the same title asks aloud if it’s the longest day of the year. It’s not—that would be June 21—but it’s such a good song, for one thing, and there’s something so touching about a very bright kid being wrong, especially in this moment just before a long, aimless summer, before all the uncertainties and humblings of adulthood commence.

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Photo of the Day: Mommy

Sunday, June 9, 2013
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Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.

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Call Me Up Maybe, Part III

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.

(Part II.)

Ninth inning, two outs, man on third, Bulls leading by two.

Will Rhymes, a Durham Bull in 2012, steps in as a Syracuse Chief in 2013 to face his erstwhile teammate, Josh Lueke. Rhymes is the potential tying run. He, like Rich Thompson, got a brief callup to Tampa Bay last year, and then was sent back down to Durham. Only he was returned twice, and his story went on to end more strangely than Thompson’s.

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Call Me Up Maybe, Part II

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photo by Elizabeth Matheson.

(Part I.)

So, had Wil Myers been called up or not?

Mike Birling said nothing. He and Scott Strickland just stood there for a moment, watching the ballgame. I got up to say hello, not having seen him yet during the home stand. Birling shook my hand warmly and asked: “Would you say that it poured here for five minutes last night?”

The question took me by surprise. I had no idea, for one thing, and I told him so.

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Call Me Up Maybe, Part I

Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo: Elizabeth Matheson.
In the third inning on May 9 at the DBAP, Durham Bulls outfielder Wil Myers was removed from the game. There was no obvious reason for this. Myers had had one at-bat in the game to that point, lining out to left field on the first pitch he saw in the first inning. In right field, where he plays, he had not had any balls hit to him. If he had gotten hurt, it didn’t seem like it could have come from playing.

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A Belated Introduction

Friday, May 10, 2013

The season began a little over a month ago, so perhaps Bull City Summer seems, well, a little behind in the count. No matter: Being behind in the count only makes you focus better. It makes you pay closer attention, develop a plan, get smarter about what you’re doing up there.

In fact, we only seem behind. Our team of writers and photographers has been at the ballpark—and beyond—from the very first home game of the season: taking pitches, taking pictures.

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Welcome to Bull City Summer!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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.

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