Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hit Bird, Win ???

Game 128: Durham Bulls 9; Norfolk Tides 8
Wrap, Box, Virginian-Pilot

Game 129: Durham Bulls 8; Norfolk Tides 3
Season: 82-47; Road Trip: 9-3; Streak: 8-0
Wrap, Box, Virginian-Pilot

The Bulls are coming home after an exhausting and amazing road trip. I’ll get to the numbers in another post, but I’m betting that the Bulls have never had a 5-game sweep on the road in their history. Quite likely they’ve never had a five-game road series, much less a sweep. In the middle of it they won the South Division title and you’d think that they would have lost some focus. Instead, it appears that it was Norfolk who lost focus. And now they are coming here for two days. Reporter Jared Diamond for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper has two interesting articles (links above) that looks at the last two games from the Tides perspective.

The wraps cover the games quite well, so let me just jump to the really important stuff.

In the third inning Jose Lobaton’s single to left hit a bird, likely a seagull. That brought to mind a moment a couple of years ago when the Bulls were playing the Bisons in Buffalo. Neal Solondz mentioned the moment on the radio broadcast, so I went on a hunt.

Here it is. Think it was 2008. Maybe 2007. [Update: It was 2006. Thanks, N] Jason Childers pitching for Durham Bulls against Buffalo Bisons. Childers reported to have said: “Best change up I ever threw.”

Warning! Not for the faint of heart!

1 comment:

  1. For those who haven't seen it (and with the same warning as above), here is the video of Randy Johnson's bird incident: