We leave Norfolk on Thursday after the afternoon game at Harbor Park and make our way across the nothing-happening part of Virginia down I-95 into Durham, North Carolina. After dropping the players and coaches off at the hotel, we head to Durham Bulls Athletic Park to unload the equipment. The Bulls and Charlotte Knights are still playing when we pull up. I take my equipment to the front office and am greeted by this by the lady behind the desk: “Ya’ll gonna lose tomorrow.”
The story is true, but don’t get the wrong idea. The lady at the front desk is nice, I knew here from last year. And she turned out to be correct as the Bulls, doing what they always seem to do, come back in the later innings to win game one on Friday.
But I really find the “arrogance” label to be wrong. They have a wonderful ballpark; they have big enthusiastic crowds and have always been nice to me. Additionally, they bring in the most beautiful women to the games in the entire league. I mean, wow!
The Bulls are playing well again this year. Seemingly another drive toward the top of the league. So excuse the Bulls if they seem snooty. It is a product of a deep Tampa Bay organization. And it really is unfair. Durham is truly one of my favorite stops in the IL.