banner
Bulls

Longoria says Durham's product was conducive to good baseball

Posted February 25, 2009

Thousands of fans packed into the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on April 11, 2008, hoping for their chance to catch a glimpse of Evan Longoria.  He was a favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year award and probably didn't have much time left with the Triple-A affiliate.

Then shortly before the first pitch the realization came that Longoria was not around, not going to play for Durham that night.  Hours before he was called up to the Tampa Bay Rays.  He would never play a game at the DBAP in 2008.  But the Ray's all-star remembers the 38 games he spent with the Bulls.

"You know Durham is such a great place to play first of all, the environment is great every night," Longoria told The Fan's Dave Shore on Tuesday.  "It's just conducive to good baseball, you can't speak enough words for what these guys have done as far as building the minor leagues for our system."

In the middle of Longoria's answer an anonymous voice shouted, "so good of a place you wanna go back?"  Longoria abruptly replied, "No I don't!"

And he won't be back in a Bulls uniform if he builds on his rookie season.  He was the fan's vote to play in the 2008 All-Star game.  He also set a rookie record for most home runs in a postseason series with four.   And he did in fact win that 2008 Rookie of the Year award.

Longoria hit .255 with five home runs in his 38 career games with the Durham Bulls.

Dave Shore of 99.9 FM The Fan is at spring training this week with the Durham Bulls and Tampa Bay Rays.

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Maryland at Syracuse

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • High School Wrap Up Show

    Tomorrow at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Presbyterian

    Tomorrow at 6:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • Football Friday

    Tonight at 11:35

Scoreboard
MLB
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
TOR
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
NYM
8:10pm Tonight
COL
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
CLE
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
DET
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
SEA
8:15pm Tonight
STL
CIN
9:35pm Tonight
OAK
PHI
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
8:00pm Tonight
SFLA
UCONN