baseball: red wings @ bulls

baseball: rochester red wings @ durham bulls

baseball: rochester red wings @ durham bulls

Twenty-one.

I love being a Triple A area for a lot of reasons, but mostly for rehab starts. Last night out with the Film Critic, the game featured 100% more Justin Morneau than usual.

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baseball: team usa vs. japan

baseball: braves @ bulls, july 2011

Nineteen & twenty.

Celebrated independence with a doubleheader yesterday, first the US National Collegiate Team taking on their Japanese counterparts, and then the Bulls (America’s favorite minor league team!) taking on the Braves. It was hot, but lovely.

it’s a nickname waiting to happen

baseball: maryland @ unc, game 3

baseball: kinston indians @ winston-salem dash

Double dipping with two from the archives, since today guys-I’ve-seen-play-before-they-were-famous seems to be a theme: Alex White (#6) and Dustin Ackley (#13), top, both of whom made their MLB debuts this year, during their last ACC home series at Carolina; and bottom, freshly promoted Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, when he was with the Kinston Indians — who are, sadly, in their last season as a long-time Indians affiliate this year — both in 2009. (Chisenhall, on the right, is standing with ex-Tar Heel Tim Fedroff, currently at AA Akron for the Indians.)

“What’s Lonnie short for?”
“Lonald.”

baseball: scranton wilkes-barre yankees @ durham bulls

baseball: yankees @ bulls

Eighteen.

The Alpha Site goes to see the Yankees when they come to town every year, because shep.’s a native New Yorker and lifelong Yankees fan; as we like to see the future of my ballclub playing for the Tides (outlook: dismal), we like to see the future of her ballclub, too. They got thumped on Sunday evening, but Kei Igawa surprisingly threw six good innings and then Andrew Brackman was a disaster area, as expected. (The Yankees took the series from the Bulls, in the end.) For me, the best part was seeing a familiar #28 in SWB’s dugout — ex-Tar Heel Adam Warren, our beloved and much-missed Adam Warren, is quietly going about his professional career in a fantastic fashion, wearing his old number in the minors and waiting for someone to notice that he’s been nothing short of excellent in the Yankees’ system since graduating from Carolina two years ago.

He pitched Saturday and we missed his start, but I kept turning my head during Sunday’s game, just comforted by the sight of him leaning against the dugout rail, collected and calm like he’s always been.

baseball: tides @ bulls, september ’10

baseball: tides @ bulls, september '10

baseball: tides @ bulls, september '10

Forty one.

Final game of the regular season. The Bulls go on to the International League playoffs and the Tides go home for the year, but at least they made it interesting; today’s game went 12 innings. The Bulls won, 6-5.

Above, bottom: Zach (left) and Buck (right) Britton are brothers. Zach, younger by 18 months, was drafted out of high school, Buck two years later out of Lubbock Christian. Phillip Britton, also on the Tides’ roster, appears to be no relation. But he might be a third cousin, you never know. Toss in today’s Tides starter and you get Britton, Britton, Britton & Bascom, which sounds like a pretty decent law firm if not necessarily an all-star rotation. (Buck is an infielder. Phillip catches. Probably the Orioles prefer they not pitch. Ever.)