Duke University basketball star J.J. Redick will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Bulls open the home season against the 2005 International League Champion Toledo Mud Hens on Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm, with a fireworks display following the game.
“Redick had a tremendous career at Duke,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “We’re glad he’ll give the fans in the Triangle one last opportunity to give him a public congratulation.”
Redick, 21, garnered several awards and honors this season, including the 2006 Associated Press (AP) and Naismith National Player of the Year Award, the ACC Tournament MVP and Player of the Year, and his second consecutive selection as an AP All-American. He led the Blue Devils in 2005-06 with 26.8 points per game, and finished his college career with the school and ACC scoring record.
The Bulls opened the 2006 season in Norfolk on Thursday, April 6 led by new manager John Tamargo and have gotten off to a 5-1 start. The roster includes several highly-touted prospects, including 2005 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Delmon Young and Bulls player of the Year B.J. Upton.
Tickets for the April 14th opener are available at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park box office, by phone at (919) 956-BULL or by clicking here.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt Demargel for this capcom story.