A little more about Hamlet, and then I’ll stop bugging you.
Hamlet is sometimes called inactive or hesitant, but he’s not, really. From the moment the play starts, he’s just as much of a schemer and an operator as anyone else in the play. It’s just that he has a double awareness that occasionally leads him to question himself, and others. In that, he isn’t unique. King Claudius takes himself to task, too: “Like a man to double business bound, / I stand in pause where I shall first begin, / And both neglect.”
You wouldn’t mistake the Lehigh Valley experience for the Buffalo experience. Among the latter’s nicknames is “The City of No Illusions,” but I found Buffalo quite the little dream—not least because I (and the Durham Bulls) stayed right downtown: that old urban magic. My room looked out on the historic, beautiful Buffalo Savings Bank building, its dome as golden as any Buddhist monument. You walked right down Main Street to the ballpark. On the way, you passed the old Lafayette Hotel, now a great place to get a drink.
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.
Vince Belnome at play earlier this season. Photo by Leah Sobsey.
Quickly here, from the friendly confines (?) of Charlotte Douglas Airport while I wait for a connection to Buffalo. I’ll take in the Bulls’ four-game series against the Bisons there, and then continue on to Allentown, Pennsylvania to watch the Bulls take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The Bulls edged Louisville by a run last night, 2-1, their second straight one-run win over the Bats, and completed a 6-2 home stand.
First things first, Bulls fans: Today, photographer Kate Joyce and I will be making Bull City Summer’s monthly appearance (so to speak) on WUNC’s The State of Things at noon, i.e. very soon! It’s 91.5 if you’d like to tune in. We’ll be talking with host Frank Stasio about our project and, especially, Wil Myers. (“When are we gonna stop talking about Wil Myers?” Charlie Montoyo quipped, laughing, after I asked him about the departed demigod following last night’s game.
A new development: oversize cardboard cutouts of Wil Myers face, like the kind fans wave at basketball games (random example), are affixed to the walls of the Durham Bulls’ clubhouse in several places. You glimpse them in the entrance to the player lounge, in the trainer’s room with the door ajar, places like that. Myers was promoted to the major leagues on Sunday, as every baseball fan in America knows.