Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Bull Durham” with the Durham Bulls
“This …. is a simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball.”
There are so many great quotes from the classic film “Bull Durham” it’s impossible to pick a favorite. It’s also impossible to believe the film was made a quarter-century ago.
The film written by Ron Shelton starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins was made on a $9 million budget but went on to gross $50 million at the box office. The romantic comedy sports film is forever closely connected to the minor league baseball Durham Bulls.
No longer in the old stadium famous from the movie, the Bulls have been playing in a new facility since 1995. The state of the art baseball venue Durham Bulls Athletic Park, also known as the DBAP, is the envy of the minor leagues.
Despite the passage of time since the movie hit the screen, the team still benefits from the success of the film and continues to pay homage. On June 16, 2013 the Durham Bulls ball club celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the movie’s release at the Sunday evening game against the Indianapolis Indians.
On this day between innings classic film clips are shown on the big screen. Fans are captivated as they watch.
Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Some fans recite the lines right along with the clip. Many are sporting t-shirts with movie quotes emblazoned on the front. The film enjoys a cult-like status with fans in the Bull City. It’s also the reason no trip to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, better known as the Triangle, is complete without a visit to see the Durham Bulls play ball.
A game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a family-friendly, casual, top-value entertainment ticket during the spring, summer and early fall. The stadium is located at 409 Blackwell Street in the historic Tobacco District of Durham and is easily accessed from the Durham Freeway or downtown.
There’s an abundance of dining to choose from steps away from the stadium. Restaurants such as Mello Mushroom Pizza, L’Uva Enoteca Italian and Tyler’s Restaurant and Tap Room – a few of several in the American Tobacco Entertainment District – are literally right outside the stadium door.
Once inside there’s plenty of good food and beverages as well. Fans choose from concessions such as First Base Flipside Grill, Fan Stand, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chick-fil-A, Carolina Brewery, Papa John’s Pizza, Natty Greens Pub and Brewing and more.
In addition to the game the park is a veritable beehive of activity. Kids enjoy the play areas in right and left field and running the bases after the game. On hot days chill out in the cooling station in center field. And of course, visitors can find the perfect souvenir to commemorate their day at the park.
The Ballpark Corner Store features a large selection of shirts, caps, balls, jackets, cards, key chains – you name it they have it. Durham Bulls memorabilia is a must when visiting the DBAP.
25 years have passed since Kevin Costner as Crash Davis told Tim Robbins as Nuke LaLoosh to, “hit the bull” but the fame brought to the minor league Bulls by the movie is still evident today. The Durham Bulls is a successful Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays drawing fans from around the world to see them play.
Is some of the attraction still attributable to the 1988 movie?
The fact the Durham Bulls is celebrating the anniversary of this 1988 classic throughout the 2013 season is a pretty strong indicator all these years later “Bull Durham” and the Durham Bulls will forever be united.
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