|Fan Appreciation Day, Durham Bulls Athletic Park. A dad tosses pop flies so his son can learn to make spectacular catches crashing against the fence.|
|Outside Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, just before|
Opening Day. A bronze statue seemingly hurls a water tower, daring
another statue to hit it. Bronze Ted Kluszewski waits out of shot, patiently, for his chance
|Domonic Brown stealing second against the Reds, in a game the|
Phillies won with 2 homers in the 9th off Aroldis Chapman.
Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis, you are a thermodynamic miracle.
|Opening night, Rogers Centre, Toronto. R.A. Dickey was betrayed by|
his catcher, who let a fistful of knucklers roll by. The Jays lost, setting
the tone for the season. But for one night, the joint was jumping.
|The end of the Phillies' ballpark tour; a chance to sit in Charlie Manuel's press conference seat, |
deep in the bowels of Citizens' Bank Park.
I tried to announce a trade of Michael Young, but no one believed me
|Nephew Jake's first college baseball game - Duke vs. Maryland,|
right before the ACC tournament. Note the Jays jersey and Bulls hat.
Also note the foul ball, off the bat of Duke's shorstop. While we admired it, the kid hit a second one to the exact same spot and nearly brained us both.
|Dad and Jake, Bulls versus Charlotte Knights.|
|Dog days of summer. Rochester's bullpen crew heading in to the dugout after pre-game warmups at the DBAP.|
|Catching warmup tosses in the visitors' pen, during the last homestand of the season.|
The catcher's mitt pops with every pitch.
|Seated right behind home plate at a Winston-Salem Dash game. |
16 rows back and a million miles away.
|Bulls infielder Mike Fontenot takes his son onto the field after|
a loss to Charlotte in the next to last home game of the year.
The grounds crew ignores Fontenot, and just works around him.
|After the last home game of the season, the Bulls gather on the mound to celebrate.|
13 runs, 17 hits, and nary a homer to be seen - and that was just for the Bulls.