Week's end

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 02:27 PM

Swing and a hit!

On Thursday, Durham learned it will play host to the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Shelly Green, president of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimated that the five-day event should bring about $3.3 million in tourist revenue.

That’s a little more than Duke University brings in during graduation weekend.

More than 8,000 people paid to attend the rain-drenched 2012 Triple-A National Championship Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and that event brought about $2 million to the city.

As the Herald-Sun’s Harold Gutmann reported on Friday, the persistence of the crowd and field gave Durham a real boost in the minds of Minor League Baseball executives.

“Eight thousand people came out and were soaked when they left but they certainly showed the community was invested in that event,” said Randy Mobley, president of the International League. “In large part due to the success of that event, when that time came for the decision to be made for where we’d play the 2014 All-Star Game, Durham’s name immediately went to the top of the list.”

It’ll be Durham’s first time hosting the All-Star Game since the Bulls became a Triple-A organization in 1998.

“These are the kinds of moments, and these are the kinds of experiences, that communities live for and love,” said Michael Schoenfeld, chairman of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Crash Davis probably wouldn’t let us grow fungus on our shower shoes just yet, but it does seem like we’ve followed his advice: “Think classy, you’ll be classy.”

 

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Monday night, Durham-based Trooper Michael Potts pulled a car over for a seat belt violation on U.S. 70 near Cheek Road.

The driver shot him four times and sped away.

Durham police charged a fugitive burglar and accused deer poacher from Vermont, Mikel Edward Brady, in the attack on the state trooper. They also arrested Brady’s pregnant girlfriend, Lyndsey Smith, alleging that she helped him elude authorities after he ditched his car behind a Mexican restaurant on Roxboro Road.

Potts, a former Durham Bulls pitcher, survived the ordeal. In fact, he walked out of Duke University Hospital on Thursday.

For making it through such a frightening incident, Potts takes the Grit Award this week.