Photo of the Day: Empty Field

Monday, June 24, 2013
empty field at dusk

Photo by Frank Hunter.

No game here today; the Bulls are away.

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The Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, June 22, 2013

You’d expect the army of Labs adorned with bandanas, cool as Wil Myers flying first class to Tampa. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen? Not so much.

But a defining element of this year’s “Bark in the Park” at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was the sheer canine diversity of it all. You had your Labs, of course, and more mutts than you could shake a stick at, but also a hundred-pound Newfoundland named Bigley, whose laid-back demeanor attracted kids and their camera-carrying parents by the score.

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Photo of the Day: Heavens Above

Thursday, June 20, 2013
sunset through clouds over dbap

Photo by Frank Hunter.

The sky above the ballpark is a magnificent thing.

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Photo of the Day: Bark in the Park

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
dog and owner

Photo by Frank Hunter.

Tonight is Bark in the Park at DBAP! Bring your furry friend to the stadium with you. Dogs like baseball, too.

One of our photographers, Leah Sobsey, will be at the stadium behind sections 132 and 134, taking portraits of pets and their owners. Look for her there, and get your photo taken with your pup.

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“Herald the Crack of Bats” – The Paris Review

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Bulls billboard

Photo by Frank Hunter.

Today, Adam Sobsey has a new Bull City Summer piece in the Paris Review Daily:

I am a pitching chauvinist. The mechanics of it are so complex, so cerebral, so deliberate—so difficult—that in the past, I’ve compared pitchers to authors and hitters to readers. Hitting a baseball is essentially reactive and instinctive; it seems like the sort of thing almost any big lug could do with enough practice, as long as he has wrists strong and quick enough to swing a bat, and decent hand-eye coordination.

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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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Photo of the Day: A Tree, A Light

Thursday, June 6, 2013
tree-and-light

Photo by Frank Hunter.

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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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“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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