Sunday, June 14, 2009

Daytime Baseball - Downtown Durham

US News and World Report has released its Best Places to Live list for 2009 and Durham is in the Top Ten! Click here for story.

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Auburn, Ala.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Durham, N.C.
  • La Crosse, Wis.
  • Loveland, Colo.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Upper St. Clair, Pa.
  • The editors looked for affordability, a strong economy and “plenty of fun things to do.” Regarding the latter, the Durham Bulls were worthy of citation:

    “…Durham's mild climate allows residents to get out and explore the region's abundant outdoor attractions. Consider hiking one of the many distinct trails and greenways or heading over to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for an afternoon baseball game.”

    It just so happens that we have our last springtime day game this Wednesday at 1:05. The weather looks promising. The Bulls - currently leading the International League South Division - play the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies Triple A affiliate.

    It’s gratifying to get a little attention for the day games. We try to schedule one during each home stand in the spring. I’m sure it will take a few years for this to catch on, but it seems appropriate for a downtown ballpark – especially in our resurgent downtown Durham.

    There’s more upside: The players are only promised an off day every thirty days. What a grind! So, the occasional daytime games provide an evening off for the team and staff.

    Join us for an afternoon of the National Pastime on Wednesday. Take a personal leave day or call in sick. I’ll sign your physician’s note.


    Dr. Habel, MD of the DBAP