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Due to trade deadline craziness, I’m a little late in getting the photos up from this game…sorry about that!

Here’s the entrance to the park. As you can see (if you squint) it was honey night. Saweeeet!

Oddly, they call their left field wall THE BLUE MONSTER. Can you see the scary eyes?

When the home team hits one out, the bull goes crazy!

Another obligatory kiddie race, this one sponsored by John Deere. Only this time, one of the kids freaked out (you can see him huddling with Mom over on the right), so a Durham staff member had to pinch race.

Below, former All-Star Gary Gaetti coaches first base! He’s also Durham’s hitting coach. He retired with 2,280 hits and 360 homers after 20 seasons in the majors. Looming over him in the background is the Lucky Strike watertower and smokestack.

It’s a clean, shiny new ballpark, and easy to find (it’s right off the highway). They had a mural of Jackie Mitchell in the women’s bathroom, but I didn’t take a picture of it because I didn’t want to be that creepy woman taking photos in the bathroom.

I love the nonspecificity of this sign, as if any random object could just huffily storm off the field. You know, a banana…a hockey stick…a ventriloquist’s dummy….

Outside the park is a sort of walkway dedicated to that venerable North Carolinian institution, the American tobacco company:

And also, apparently, the psychedelic mushroom:

Well, that concludes our time in Durham. I hope to post my experiences in Harrisburg, PA, tomorrow!

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