Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Minor League Baseball: SERIOUS BUSINESS

This picture is worth a thousand words...about job satisfaction.

Faith Inman of our sponsorship staff snapped this candid shot at the May 19th game. That was the night former Bulls' skipper Bill Evers was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

I'm chatting up Wool E. Bull along with visiting IL President Randy Mobley. It appears to be a lively conversation, but please know, the iconic mascot doesn't speak. I'm reminded of this Colin Powell quote:

Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves…

Speaking of Wool E. Bull, Minor League Baseball has just completed the first round of MASCOT MANIA - a contest to determine the #1 mascot in the minors. With 1st round of voting complete, I can report that Wool E. Bull has defeated Tennessee Tex to move on to the next round where he faces off against Manny the Manatee of the Brevard County Manatees. 2nd round voting runs through June 4th. CLICK HERE to support Wool E. Bull. (You can vote up to 25 times per e-mail address.)

Yes, this is serious business! 

Monday, May 21, 2012


I'll take a break from Matsui Madness at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and post on another favorite subject - Sports Radio.

Harkening back to March Madness and the Triangle's affection for college hoops, we had very strong ratings during the NCAA tourney. Sports blogger (and number cruncher) Clay Travis has 99.9 The Fan tied for number three sports radio station in the country:


Another development on the bleeding edge of HD Radio...

We just premiered a new sports outlet - 99.9 (HD-3) The Ticket. This station is unconventional. You need an HD receiver. And you can listen online via PC or smartphone. 

The Ticket is affiliated with Yahoo! Sports Radio and they serve up Tim Brando from 10a-1p each day. The new HD station is also the home of Carolina Railhawks soccer and Appalachian State sports.

The Ticket gives us the opportunity to do more local play-by-play. This past Saturday we aired the state championship high school lacrosse match. 

Digital radio...more sports...more local programming...that's the ticket!

More on The Ticket
More on HD Radio

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Matsui's Entourage

BIG, BIG week at the DBAP. The atmosphere is Major League. Hideki Matsui is in the house. Aaron Shoonmaker writes about his debut for Tonight, Kevin Youkilis plays for the PawSox, and Dice-K pitches on Thursday. 

We have thirty-five members of the Japanese sports press visiting Durham, and more are expected by Thursday. It was crowded in the press box last night. 

Our press box is the size of your we created a media work room in our storage area.

Another international aspect of Matsui’s donning a Bulls uniform - we have Japanese advertisers. Notice the media back drop. That’s an ad for a Japanese law firm

And behind home plate - in the right-hand corner of this screenshot - that sponsor is a Japanese men's salon

Mayberry goes global! And WELCOME to our Japanese visitors.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Matsui to Durham - This Week!

2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui is expected to join the Bulls in Durham on Tuesday. We aren't sure if he will play against Pawtucket that evening, but it's a distinct possibility. 

This gets even better: Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka - Dice-K - is on a rehab assignment with the PawSox, and he may pitch Thursday. Both of the Japanese legends could be in the same game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park!

Again, no promises. We're not in the drivers seat - just the host - but keep an eye on our website and Facebook page as this unfolds.

Matsui remains a rock star in Japan. We are expecting a media entourage approaching fifty reporters and photographers from his native country. Matsui will probably hold pre- and post-game news conferences. That's not quite our routine in the minor leagues.

Our clubhouse seamstress delivered his jerseys on Friday.

We will have these t-shirts in the Ballpark Corner store later this week. I believe that's Japanese for baseball...but don't rely on my translation skills.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Baseball Battle in Blue

We are awash in blue this weekend as the Duke Blue Devils play a three-game series against the UNC Tar Heels on Goodmon Field - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More from

UNC warms up for the Friday evening game.
In the true spirit of the Duke-UNC rivalry, 99.9 The Fan is giving away a pair of tickets to a 2013 hoops game. You can register at the baseball game or online for Hit Bull-Win Tickets.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weekend Reading


The DBAP was visited recently by a sports-minded couple traveling the country in a RV. They’ve taken a year off to take in the full spectrum of sports in America.

May features the Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, a Bassmaster event in TN...and the Durham Bulls.

They’ve created a fun atmosphere inside of an open and picturesque ballpark that lends itself to communal interaction. There’s office building balconies behind the home run fences, a bar/restaurant overlooking the outfield, great concessions, and even a children’s play area. Everything about the stadium lends itself to enjoying a night out with family and friends. Check out their blog. The DBAP visit is the only Minor League baseball game on their itinerary. 

There was a great article by Eric Ferreri about downtown Durham and American Tobacco in the March/April edition of Duke Magazine.

Eight years after its reopening, the former cigarette factory has become a poster child for mixed-use urban redevelopment, a sprawling, eye-catching collection of restaurants, bars, offices, and shops that, along with several other new projects in the area that followed its lead, has brought about a stunning rebirth of Durham’s core. In many of those renovated spaces, innovative new businesses are taking root, fueling Durham’s surprising new standing as a vibrant, hip center of entrepreneurial activity. Click here for the full article. Read more about Duke University's crucial role in the revival of downtown Durham.