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September 16, 2009



I find the vast majority of your posts entertaining and informative, but this might be my all-time favorite. As a lifelong baseball fan, it is very interesting to hear how one can "drink the Kool Aid" as an adult.

BTW- You probably already know this, but the Bulls are having a "Return to the DAP" game next season. I'll be online trying to get tickets to that one the day they go on sale.


Some of us old timers still try to get that "WHOOOP-whooo" cheer started, but it's difficult when they start blaring bad pop music.

Another favorite old cheer apparently no longer welcome at Bulls games: "Bulls hit! Bulls hit!"

Steve Graff

I love the "Whoop Woooo"! I heard it for the first time at a Bulls Game at the DBAP either earlier this season or last season (not a big baseball fan mind you) and it made me laugh. I'm giggling now at the thought of it.


the game tonight was pretty exciting. and the crowd was interesting too. the crowd felt a little less southern and polite with several "yankees sucks" cheers. i really enjoy minor league baseball, and i think durham is really lucky to have a team here, cheesy as it is on a sunday afternoon game between innings.... i've lived in cities in ohio with major league teams and another with a minor league team too, and there's something special about the minor league, so enjoy it. now if i could just get municipal stadium mustard for my veggie dog in durham, i'd be in heaven....

Scott Jennings

I was one of your sudsy hecklers in the front of 101. We couldn't help it - the second baseman's name was Reegie, which was a huge mistake on his part.

Jatovi is not only a natural at managing the between-innings spectacle, but he also knows exactly what's going on between the foul lines. While he was chatting with us, he rattled off all the recent roster changes for the benefit of a fan who missed Jon Weber's assignment to USA Baseball. He's also a performer at ComedyWorx in Raleigh, which explains where he got the chops to roll from little kids running the bases to frat boys in sumo outfits to chastising unruly hecklers.

Is it April yet?

Mohammad Goldberg

Great post. Having Jeremy Hellickson playing for the Bulls has been one of the high points of my summer (yeah, I know, I need a better life). I would love to see the Rays keep him in Durham through next June. Give him the additional time to mature (that the should have done for David Price). He will be a player to watch in the future.

At tonight's game, Elliot Johnson was responsible for turning a 6-4-3 double-play, that has to be the most incredible play I have ever witnessed live.

The first few seconds of the video at this link is the play I am referring to:


I thought I'd find the Jatovi fan page on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and was shocked to find there isn't one. Worse yet, the Bulls website hardly acknowledges him at all - Wool E. Bull is on the roster page, but not Jatovi?! That's a crime. I've been to a lot of minor league parks and games, and he's a master emcee, entertaining those who don't care to focus on baseball and bolstering the energy and pace for those come to watch the game.

Kevin Davis

@Emerson: Actually, back to Scott's point above (Scott, I didn't know that was you there!), I wouldn't have been able to find Jatovi, whose name I didn't know how to spell, if I didn't overhear him talking about his time at ComedyWorx.

Agreed in re the need to get him some recognition on the Bulls' web site. He does a fantastic job as the "face of the crew" at Bulls games.

Matt Johnson

I was also at the game, and I didn't think about it until I read this post, but you're right about the crowd. Other than the tired "Yankees Suck" chants at the end of the game, the crowd did show baseball intelligence and a pretty unique engagement with the game. Another commenter mentioned Elliot Johnson's double play, which was nifty, but the crowd also got really into Ray Olmedo's double play in the eighth. The crowd gasped when Jackson lined the ball, cheered when Olmedo caught it. There was a silence as Olmedo seemed to bobble the ball and then just jubilation when he fired to first to get Corona.

I also liked the cheering of the Bulls after their last at bat in the bottom of the eighth. Thanks for a great recap of the game!


Having lived in major league, minor league an no-baseball cities and towns, we are very lucky to have a team with such history as the Durham Bulls. The games are exciting, inexpensive, family-friendly, and accessible. Thanks for the great post Kevin, the commentary is spot on.

@Mohammad - Thanks for the video snippet, that was a FANTASTIC double play!


I loved the post, Kevin. It brought to mind the old DAP announcer who would introduce lineup changes with "'ttention, 'ttention! Now pitching for the Bulls..." It was always purposeful for him to drop the "a" but I never knew why. The other thing he would do is announce the license plate of a car with its lights on. The first time was "DBF3862, your lights are on." Then later "your lights are on but they're getting dimmer." And then an inning later it would be "Never mind, they're off NOW" followed by laughter from the entire crowd.


I always thought his first name was Jacoby. Whaddaya know? Also, can't remember his name, but the old DAP announcer did make the transition to the new ballpark for a couple of years, along with Kathy (i think that's her name) who operated the Bull when it was manual. My favorite memories of the DAP involve my kids, who were 4 and 8 in the summer of '94 getting to spend a half inning each game watching from the narrow ledge on the back of the bull, and getting to pull the lever to make his tail go up and down if the Bulls scored that half-inning. That got brought to the new park for a year as well, before they decided that liability issues, or whatever, made it too risky.

Anyway, rumor is that season ticket holders and people who bought tickets to this year's playoffs will get first crack at next year's one-off against the Mud Hens at the DAP. I'm keeping my stub handy.

Also, had a chat with with another blogger over a beer Tuesday night, and we talked about my plan for a regular throwback night at the ballpark. No canned music, no sumo wrestling, no ants in the pants, just baseball, Cracker Jack, and the organist. He suggested a name - "No Bull Mondays." So, i'll be pitching this idea as often as i can during the off-season. The game at the DAP, scheduled for Monday, May 10, is a natural.


Barry's idea is awesome.

Maybe on those days they can also include info on the scoring- such as 'Score that play FC 6-5.'

I am pretty old school, and find that scoring a game really helps me get into some of the subtleties and flow of a game. I am also pretty sure that noone born after about 1978 would even consider doing something like this- (wait! i got it! an iPhone app for baseball scoring!)

I had the good fortune to be able to see a game at Fenway Park this summer, and was struck by the knowledge level and appreciation of the fans there: they were all wathcing pretty intently (even the kids), and cheered knowingly at things like the right fielder making a strong throw to the cutoff man to prevent a run from scoring. (They slso post some scoring info on the scoreboard there).

Baseball, unlike any other sport, only reveals its riches to those who watch patiently, over the course of a season. It's hard to sell it this way to casual fans, but for those of us who know this, it is in incredible amenity to be able to walk to a ballpark in your hometown, walk up and buy a cheap ticket, and see how the home team does today. Even with the sumo, ants, and whatever else...

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