Friday, June 19, 2009

At the ol' ball game

Last night we went with Jason's parents to a Durham Bulls (farm team for the Tampa Bay Rays) baseball game.  You've seen the movie Bull Durham, right?  It's a total sports classic...  And where Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon first met, resulting in their twenty-plus year long relationship.  Well, it was based on this team and filmed right here in Raleigh and Durham in 1987.  

It was so hot and humid yesterday and there was a visible haze just hanging over the city.  Everything looked so muted and even the sky was basically white.  Ugh.  Thank heavens they were giving out paper fans on the way in to the stadium.

One of my favorite things about baseball is all the junk food meandering around the stands.  You don't even have to get out of your seat to get a huge bag of cotton candy!  It just walks right by you!

And the ever-classic ballpark staple, the humble hotdog.

Finally, some color in the sky as the sun sets.  Unfortunately, the sun setting did not result in a cooling off.  That southern humidity will just about kill you.

Also notice the big bull on the right-hand side.  I covered this back in the summer of 2006 but just learned a new fact (courtesy of IMDB) that I had to share...  The bull was built for the movie (filmed in the old ballpark), but was retained by the Durham Bulls and is a staple of the new park.  When a Bulls player hits a home run, the red eyes light up, smoke comes out of the nose and tail lifts up.  It also says, "Hit bull, win steak. Hit grass, win salad." but this was only for the movie.  In one scene, Tim Robbins' character gives up a home run to the opposing team that goes off the bull, supposedly getting the hitter a free steak.

Jason just had to wear his by-now-damn-near-vintage Garciaparra #5 Red Sox jersey.  You can take the boy out of Boston but you can't take Boston out of the boy.  And despite the fact that he still occasionally slips back into his Boston accent for a word or two here and there, his mom totally busted his chops last night when he was talking about the Red Sox farm team - Pawtucket.  Marie jumped in and was all "Oh my Gwod Jason, you've totally lwost yoah accent.  It's 'Patucket', not 'Pawtucket'!  What's wrowng with ya?"  Love her.

Baseball under the stars (or under the clouds, as it were).

Even the Bulls are 'Canes fans!  I might've yelled "Go 'Canes!"  

Seventh inning stretch...  "Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd!"

I wasn't able to get a great photo of him but here's our mascot, Wool E. Bull.  I really don't know how you wear that thing when it's 90+ degrees.  At least Stormy gets to operate in the freezing cold hockey arena!  (Note to self:  If ever take up mascot-ing as career, go for indoor sport, preferably involving ice.  Noted.)

Although the Bulls scored the first run, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (farm team for the Phillies) had a couple of big innings and we were down going  into the 8th.  So Jason rocked the rally cap.  We did score once more, but alas it was not enough...

This is one of those local things that we just don't take advantage of as much as we should.  It's dirt cheap ($8 for a ticket) and so much fun!  We found out that the Bulls will be playing the Pawtucket Sox this weekend so we'll be headed back for one of those games.  Can't believe we just missed Smoltz's rehab stint with the PawSox though...  (He's been out of the majors for a year due to his shoulder surgery last summer.)  But who knows?  Maybe we'll get a preview of some upcoming BoSox talent!

1 comment:

Beth said...

Just as an aside... the Red Sox farm team used to be in New Britain, CT.. my home town. Now we have the "Rock Cats" it just ain't the same.