Thanks to a reader for the alert tip that the Durham Bulls vanity license plates are now shipping to folks who pre-ordered them. Which means you can expect to see a few Bulls plates on the back of cars in your local parking lot. (My guess for highest density of plates will be the lot at Willard and Blackwell under the Durham Freeway that's designated parking for the Bulls team and staff.)
Congrats to the Bulls for getting several hundred team patrons and fans to sign up for the license plate. It's a great way to show off your Bulls pride, and why you're happy to have picked Durham over that other town to the southeast when you moved to the Triangle.
Speaking of which, perhaps it's the Durham-Raleigh rivalry that led the Tampa Bay Rays -- yes, thank goodness, that's their new official name -- to put their Triple-A affiliate in the Bull City. After all, the Tampa Bay area is stuck with a regionalism ("the Bay") to avoid offending either Tampa proper or St. Pete. Now, apparently, talk of demolishing the hated Tropicana Field in St. Pete has renewed the intracity intramural rivalry, with some Tampa-ites (Tampans? Tampoids?) making the call for the team to pick and head to their town.
Like parent club, like AAA affiliate. All part of getting the young guys ready for the big leagues, I suppose.