Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.
Crash Davis would be proud.
The Durham Bulls, who had 10 of their players called up to the Tampa Bay Rays or Team USA since Aug. 31, somehow won the Triple-A Baseball National Championship trophy by beating Memphis of the Pacific Coast League 5-4.
The winning run was scored by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 11th who came around on consecutive wild pitches -- which is sort of the way it should be in Triple-A, when you think about it.
Afterward, the Durham manager said the championship will most likely replace "Nuke" LaLoosh pitching in a garter belt among the top moments in Bulls' history.
"Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job."
-- Annie Savoy, Bull Durham, 1988.