Thursday, February 26, 2009

Enjoy the View

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one speaks volumes about our downtown Durham neighborhood.

Skanska, the company that built the new Durham Performing Arts Center, comissioned this aerial shot. To me, it's as grand as any Monet or Picasso. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is surrounded by the Diamond View I and II office buildings. To the north is the new parking deck, theater and park. And the American Tobacco campus is on the left. As the late Fred Rogers said:
"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

Baseball tickets, a Broadway show, office space, restuarants or just hangin' out in the park...
"Won't you be my neighbor?"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bulls' Global Reach

5400 hundred miles from downtown Durham, on the west coast of Africa, we find the Bulls well represented in the deep bush of Ghana.

That’s the Chief of Yagaba with a Durham Bulls backpack.

No, he didn’t order it online. It was a gift from our good friend Winkie La Force. She was in Ghana over the holidays - lived in a mud hut for two weeks - on a mission trip with Chapel Hill Bible Church. Winkie has been to Africa six times; three of those trips have been to Ghana.

Winkie usually takes a box of Bulls caps, but she discovered a higher purpose for our backpacks: “They loved them…the Bible fits in them perfectly…and they all ride bikes, no cars...they were a hit!

Stateside, Winkie is Executive Director of Leadership Triangle. Her mission: train leaders in our community with a regional perspective. Winkie walks the talk…with a global perspective!

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The famous Durham Bulls logo can show up just about anywhere in the world, typically on a cap. And often on a famous head. From NPR hosts, check out our celebrity photos!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Baseball Hibernates

A blanket of snow covers the field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on January 20th...the best snow we've had in five years. I was inspired to poetry:

Beneath the snow baseball waits.
The base paths and home plate, 
they hibernate.

...but the snow quickly melted and I lost my muse. Still, the mind wanders to sunny Florida, Spring Training and the Grapefruit League.


Our Tampa Bay Rays will be in a new venue at Port Charlotte. 

The field at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, FL. 
The ballpark seats six thousand.

The Grapefruit League. Check out this interactive map.

In North Carolina, spring officially arrives on April 9th when the Durham Bulls open their season against the Norfolk Tides. The Bull City beckons. You are cordially invited to join us at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.