Last night I got an invitation to go into Durham with the Greenes to catch a baseball game. You'll remember that Durham has a AAA minor league team, the Bulls, from the 1988 film Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins. No, I didn't see any of these actors at the game.
The whole game was a close match. The Bulls were playing the Indianapolis Indians. We sat in a pretty crowded section of the park, surrounded by a large group of college kids. Except for the family sitting directly in front of us. Three kids between the ages of five and twelve. Hey, you wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? Go sit behind them for a few hours. What was great was that they bought the girls a couple of those thundersticks.
The game went into a tenth inning with the Bulls pulling out the win by one run. You know what that is, when a baseball game goes into extra innings? That's free baseball. You paid for nine innings. But you got ten. Sometimes you get more. Nothing better than free baseball.
That was the first live game I've seen since the Washington Nationals debacle of 2005. A story for another time. Good night kids.