My fine friend Vickie and I have an arrangement: I drive her to the ball game and she buys the tickets. This is the scene on April 11, opening night for the Durham Bulls (yes, the ones who appeared in Bull Durham).
Although the Bulls were last year's league champions for the third straight year, they were thrashed by the Columbus Knights, 12-4. Their overall record is now an even 14-14.
Regardless, I had a great time, chatting, snapping, eating, and sometimes watching the game.
Oh, and I chose my favorite Bull, third baseman Jake (Smokin') Smolinski, one of those blue-collar players who will never be a star but work hard and make a living doing what they love. Doesn't get much better than that.
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