Photo by Joel Revill.

Who would have guessed that the year we chose to document the Durham Bulls, they’d win the International League championship?

The unlikely outcome feels like some sort of variation on the observer effect: did we, with our thousands of photos and words, somehow change the Bulls’ behavior? No, of course not, says the sober voice. But in the spray of championship champagne and the clamor of winning shouts, that voice is hard to hear.

We’ll have much more tomorrow, while we follow the team to Allentown, Pennsylvania. There, on Tuesday night, they’ll play the Pacific Coast League champion Omaha Storm Chasers for the Triple-A National Championship. For now, we send our warmest, loudest congratulations to the Bulls: champions in a Bull City Summer.

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