Durham Bulls Vs. Charlotte Knights
This was my first Durham Bulls game in almost four years, and I was pretty excited. Here’s the view of the ballpark I had when I rounded the corner from the parking lot:
It was good to be back.
I had originally planned to go straight to my seat when the gates opened but I HAD to stop and take a picture of one of the coolest T.V. dogs of all time:
Yeah, that’s Scooby Doo. I wish my dog was that cool.
After I climbed the steps to the concourse I walked all the way to the outfield and got my first view of the field:
SO awesome. I love baseball, but I think I love baseball fields just as much. They’re so cool.
Anyway, there are also a lot of unique design features to the ballpark. One of which being the Blue Monster:
If the Red Sox can have the Green Monster, I suppose the Bull’s can have the Blue Monster.
Did you notice the bull atop the wall? Here’s a closer look:
Everytime a home run is hit the tail waves and smoke comes out of the bull’s nose. Pretty cool stuff.
After taking my seat in the stands, I noticed some action around the field tarp. Moments later, this happened:
I couldn’t figure it out. It was still a little sunny. But they covered the field anyway.
A few minutes passed, then ten minutes, then a half hour. What the heck did they see on the radar? It didn’t make sense.
Two of the Bull’s players took advantage of the “rain” delay by signing autographs:
I could of easily gotten at least one, if not both, of them to sign for me, but I chose not to.
I only cared to get an autograph from one of three players: Dirk Hayhurst (Author of ‘The Bullpen Gospels’), Matt Moore (No. 15 pospect), or Reid Brignac (recently optioned from the Rays.) None of them signed. In fact, I never saw Dirk or Matt at all. I did however see Reid Brignac when he came out to warm up during the “rain” delay, by playing a little catch:
Moments after Reid came out to throw, the tarp was pulled off the field:
It never rained at all. Go figure.
With the tarp off the field, some more Bull’s players came out to stretch and warm up:
Then some players from the visiting teams dugout emerged to warm up and stretch.
Some stretched more than others:
Things were looking like they were about to get going. But they didn’t. The tarp was rolled out once again, but this time it did rain. Not only did it rain, it POURED. Check it out:
All of the people that were sitting in the lower sections, moved up underneath the shelter to keep dry:
My seat was already under the shelter, so I didn’t have to move at all.
Then something that I didn’t think was possible happened. The rain got heavier:
The thunder and lightning was also terrible. But hey, at least we were entertained during the storm:
In case you can’t tell, that’s a Bugs Bunny cartoon in which he played baseball. Pretty fun to watch. Yes. Fun. (I was bored.)
The rain lasted what seemed like forever. Check out the puddles that formed behind home plate:
They also occured towards the outfield:
About thirty minutes later, the rain let up, and the tarp was removed. The grounds crew then worked hard on sweeping the water asside:
Now that’s a lot of water.
Despite their efforts, it wasn’t meant to be, as moments later it began to rain again. An announcement was made soon after stating that the game had been posponed. (Sigh.)
I took this photo on the way out:
Although there was no game played, I still enjoyed the four hours spent at the ballpark. Anytime I can go to a ballpark, game or not, I still have a great time.