July 21, 2012

A long fun filled day. The Southern Pines group ride. We could call it the Tacoma group ride, we all drive the same truck ; ) Then the family headed to Durham for a Bulls vs the Rochester Red Wings game. Sam got an autograph from Rene Rivera. I could tell he was an older player so I looked him up and learned a new baseball term, unfortunately for Rene, it’s not a good one. His major league stats are close to the Mendoza Line: that is an expression deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose lifetime batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. Doh! The ballpark (a newer one than the movie Bull Durham used, is very nice (Frontier Field is nicer) but sadly the game was rained out without a pitch, so much for 40% of rain.

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