The Bull, looming over the outfield, came along when the Bulls moved into a new stadium. Getty Images

[Ed's note: Welcome back to Bull Durham Week here at ESPNtheMag.com. You can also check out some of our other content this week right here. It includes an interview with writer/director Ron Shelton, as well as interviews with a pair of the stars he cast, actor Tim Robbins, and the man who played Crash Davis, Kevin Costner. Today, one of our editors recalls living down in Durham, North Carolina as the film was being shot. The 20th anniversary of the film's release is this upcoming Sunday. ]

I'd like to tell you I watched them shoot Bull Durham. I was living about four blocks from Durham Athletic Park at the timea short stroll, even after a long night at the beer truck (postgame Buds were free to employees, and the fun-loving guy who owned the Bulls also owned Baseball America, where I was an associate editor). You could see the glow from the DAP over the treetops from my back porch at all hours that fallit was well into November before the movie wrapped. If you look closely, you'll notice that the leaves are changing color.

Anyway, I made the mistake of listening to one of my bosses, who had read the script and promised us all that this would be not just the worst baseball movie ever made but possibly the worst movie, period, and that the filmmakers clearly had no idea what they were doing because they insisted on painting the entire ballpark green to cover up the customary blue. (They promised to paint it blue again when they were done, which they did.) Armed with this scouting report, I drove smugly by the ballpark on my way home each night that fall. Plus I was busy trying to figure out whether Chip Hale's .345 batting average for the Kenosha Twins that year would make him the next Steve Lombardozzi.

Some of my friends went by for a look. One of them had a close encounter with Susan Sarandon in the cold light of day, and when he thought she'd walked away he turned to another and said, loudly, "Did you see how old Sarandon looks? She looks awful!" Only then did he notice that she'd come back and was standing right beside him.

Secondhand stories are as close as I got. I do remember going to the movie's premiere, at the Carolina Theater in downtown Durham. The producers sent Robert Wuhl, so I have a feeling there was probably another premiere someplace else. But we got all dressed up and had a fine time at the party, and when the screening ended the audience gave the movie a standing ovation. I pretty much felt like an idiot, especially when I realized that if the ballpark had been blue on film, the actors in their equally blue warmup jackets would have disappeared against it.

I had a chance to revisit the DAP and check out some of the other movie locations when I joined Jim Caple of ESPN.com for a trip back to the Bull City two summers ago. (The photos are mine.)

The Bulls themselves moved on to fancier digs on the other side of the railroad tracks in the mid-'90s, and the old yard was looking sadly dilapidated. Layers of blue paint had peeled away from the walls, and here and there you could see a layer of green below.

Jon Scher is a Senior Editor at ESPN the Magazine.