W5ers took part in one of our favorite annual rituals this week, an afternoon game with our local Minor League Baseball team, the Durham Bulls. The summer heat is just hitting us (but has not yet hit sauna-like levels) so it was a great day to be at the ballpark. With seats behind the Bulls’ dugout and cooled by the stadium’s massive overhead fans, we watched our team beat Yankees’ franchise team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4 – 3.
We love our Durham Bulls here in the Triangle, and it goes far beyond the iconic Kevin Costner/Susan Sarandon movie, Bull Durham. In the competitive sports entertainment industry, minor league teams across the nation have carved out a niche as fun community-wide gatherings, and the Bulls are no exception. Ringed by office buildings, a sports bar, and a billboard figure of a bull (hit the bull, win a steak; hit the grass, win a salad!), the stadium draws together residents of all sorts. We W5ers sat next to a group from a local senior living facility who spent the game shouting words of encouragement to both pitcher and batters alike.