We’ve been following a very interesting set of posts at The Paris Review website from a special project called Bull City Summer. As far as I can tell, a number of PR writers and photographers are focusing on the minor league stadium experience for the Durham Bulls in North Carolina. This summer is the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest baseball movies of all time — Bull Durham (click on the photo for a dose of baseball reality).
The Paris Review posts are thoughtful, erudite and not the standard baseball and meaning of life stuff that you find everywhere at this time of year. In fact, the article that caught our eye was called “When Baseball Isn’t Baseball.” The Bull City Summer site can be visited by clicking here.
If you’re wondering about Jesse’s upcoming schedule, he is slated to pitch on Sunday afternoon in New Britain against the Rock Cats on Sunday, June 30. His next scheduled outing will be at Trenton on Friday, July 5 at 7:05 p.m.
He pitched last night in New Hampshire for two innings before the game got stopped because of rain. The first inning saw the Fisher Cats nab a single and a walk off of him, but in the second, before the rain fell, he nailed ’em down 1-2-3. At the moment, he still leads the league in strikeouts and the batting average against him is .190. The hitters are doing a bit better than they were a month ago, but he’s still not someone to tangle with — especially if you’re a lefty.
More soon once the Eastern League All-Star teams are named. You should also wonder about the Futures Game that will be held at Citi Field in NYC on July 14. That’s a big one that spans all of the minor leagues. We won’t really know his schedule until the mid-season classics are over.
In the meantime, check out the Bull City Summer stuff. It’s pretty great. Sort of a thoughtful anthropological record of a season of minor league baseball. We hear tell there are photos somewhere of Jesse, Sam and baby Conor at a Durham Bulls game.
Go watch a minor league baseball game wherever you are. Witness the baseball gods in training.
See you out there…