durhambull2.jpg“Hit Bull, Win a Steak.  Hit Grass, Win a Salad.”

The Durham Bulls’ bull, justly glorified in the 1988 movie “Bull Durham”, may have met its match yesterday in the form of Mother Nature herself.  As the story goes, any Bull who hits a homerun off of the wooden structure perched in left field wins a steak.  And yes, you guessed it – if a player hits the grass, he wins a salad.  What isn’t clearly defined by the slogan is what happens when Mother Nature ferociously rips the bull’s head off altogether.  From the Durham Bulls Media Relations:

“High winds with gusts over 50 mph ripped the head off of the Bull early Monday morning, ending the run of the junior bovine…’It was a sad sight to see when I arrived this morning,’ Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “Mother Nature did what some pretty strong ballplayers never could.”

 noheadbull.jpgDoes this sadden anyone?  My friend Henry and I drove well out of our way to visit The Bull during a baseball road trip a few years back and were completely satisfied with what we experienced.  The Bull, a staple of the new ballpark in Durham, came complete with red eyes, smoking nose and lifted tail whenever the hometeam hit a home run.  In my opinion, the Bull successfully symbolized the roots of American baseball cinema…if there is such a thing.   

While reflecting on the beheaded bovine, I will take solace in the fact that the team has already contacted a “veterinarian of sorts” to put the Famous Bull back together again.  In the meantime, I hope Mother Nature enjoys her steak.

3 Responses to “Mother Nature Wins Steak”

  1. Alejandro Leal says:

    Ha! That Joye Cowley is a Ken Williams mouth piece!

    Just because Darin Erstad hit a home run (which, I guarantee you, will be his only one this year) his trades were justified… Someone needs to remind him that Kip Wells is having a good year in St. Louis!

    Good post and welcome aboard Paul!

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    I like how the first picture (of the intact bull) has lots of storm clouds glowering about overhead, as if Mother Nature is preparing to strike!

  3. “You shall slaughter the bull before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting.” (Ex. 29:11, New American Standard Version)

    Looks like the big man finally got impatient enough to do the job Himself; here’s hoping He has received an odor pleasing to His nostrils.

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