2013 Baseball Trip-Game 5: The greatest show on dirt!

Durham Bulls vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (International League)

bulls1Durham Bulls Athletic Park-Durham, NC: This is one that have been on my bucket list for some time…the Durham Bulls. And what a better time than the 25th anniversary of the hit movie Bull Durham? The new ballpark is located right downtown, so parking can be a nightmare. Throw in all the construction, and it’s a pain if you don’t get to the ballpark early. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park was simply the gem of our trip. It’s an amazing ballpark with no bad seat in the house. It’s easily one of the best minor league parks we’ve ever been to. It was a beautiful sunny day, and luckily we were able to catch some shade. It was a little ironic, too, that we were sitting next to someone from my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI. I enjoyed the game immensely, and the Bulls really do put on a great show for their fans. Triple-A is also a good chance to see the young stars on the rise, and former major leaguers in action as well. If you’re a baseball fan, you need to see a Durham Bulls game. It’s as simple as that.

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Unfortunately, no one hit the bull to win a free steak

Unfortunately, no one hit the bull to win a free steak

bulls4bulls5bulls6bulls7The game itself saw the Bulls defending their home turf against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Bulls took care of business early, and never looked back. Lead-off hitter Jason Bourgeois led the way offensively, going 3-4 with an RBI. Third-baseman Vince Belome contributed a pair of hits and an RBI, also. Alex Colome earned the win on the mound for the home team, throwing seven complete innings. Our Durham experience lived up to the hype, and couldn’t have gone better (well, maybe it would have been nice to see a player win a steak, and the mascot hit by a pitch). Final score: Bulls 8, Iron Pigs 2.

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Former Tiger great Zack Minor now in the Phillies system

Former Tiger great Zack Minor now in the Phillies system

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6 Comments

That’s like the pinnacle. Awesome. What an amazing baseball trip. Thank you for sharing it.

Thank you, Shannon. Durham was probably the best we went too, but all of them were fun.
-Mike

You got to watch the Durham Bulls play at home during the 25th anniversary year of the movie?!? I am speechless. Insanely jealous and crazy happy for you getting to enjoy such a baseball fan bucket list moment. But speechless.
— Kristen

Thank you, Kristen. Just one of many on the list to cross off. Durham was pretty high on the list, though.
-Mike

I used to love it when the Bulls would play the Ottawa Lynx. Oh great, thanks a lot, now I’m missing the Ottawa Lynx.

Man, I don’t blame you for missing the Lynx. I hope Ottawa gets a new team soon. I’d like to see a rookie league or something up in Ontario, too. Maybe in the OHL cities.
-Mike

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