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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‘Bull Durham’ at Twenty-Five

Friday, August 2, 2013
Crash and Nuke

Nuke LaLoosh and Crash Davis in Bull Durham.


Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh: How come you don’t like me?
Crash Davis: Because you don’t respect yourself, which is your problem. But you don’t respect the game, and that’s my problem. You got a gift.


Bull City Summer coincides with the iconic movie’s twenty-fifth anniversary. This makes it hard to not mention, at least in passing, my thoughts on the movie. I was eleven years old when the movie was released, and my memory of that first viewing in the theater was that I stayed awake.

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Distractions: Party at the Park with the Columbus Clippers

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
huntington park

Photo courtesy of Joe Santry.

The world is made for those not cursed with self-awareness. — Annie Savoy, Bull Durham

I arrived early on Friday to Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, for Party at the Park. The Clippers, like all minor league franchises, understand that baseball alone won’t pull fans through the gate. Promotions are vital, even if mind-numbing to baseball purists. But I have to admit that this promotion was spot on. Party at the Park meant that the local barbeque chain City BBQ — no Allen & Son of Chapel Hill, but no slouch, either — was serving up two-dollar pulled pork sandwiches.

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