Regarding the April 22 news article “Bulls’ Peanut Guy gets axed”: My family loves the Durham Bulls. We love going to games. We sit on the wall in section 118 right in front of the bullpen warmup mound. We’ve been mini-plan holders since we moved back.
We love going to the ballpark. But a rather significant part of our experience has been taken away.
My kids look forward to seeing “the peanut guy” at each game. He was just as big a part of the experience as the Crash/Nuke/Annie races, the T-shirt-shooting hot dog gun and the sumo wrestling fans.
We bought peanuts only from him. We mimicked his “PEAAAAANUTS” to get his attention to purchase. My son followed him through the stadium one particular chilly, sparsely attended night in a train of at least 30 kids chanting in a call and response.
I do not profess to know all the details or the economics of the situation. I do not know how many stuck-up fans complained about hearing “PEAAAAANUTS” during the game.
I do not know if a lot of thought or no thought was put into this decision to let Da’Quan Samuel go, but I do know it was the wrong decision. A rather significant part of our experience has been taken away.