Bulls Player Speaks Up for Club
In a July 27th article in USA Today, three Durham Bulls painted a less than flattering picture of the Bull City ballpark and its staff. But another player recently stepped up to the plate in defense of his home club. On August 9th USA Today published a Letter to the Editor from Bulls infielder Kevin Witt. The full text of Witt’s letter appears below:
Three don’t speak for the team
Three of my teammates recently created a stir with their negative comments to USA TODAY about playing for the Durham Bulls (” Road to majors hits delays,” Cover story, Sports, July 28). It is unfortunate that USA TODAY’s reporter didn’t take the time to talk with some of the other Bulls who proudly play for this team. He would have left with a much different impression.
Having played for 14 different teams since my professional career began in 1994, I can say without question that the Durham Bulls management is extremely professional and the ballpark we play in is second to none. Our dream is to play in the major leagues, and the front office respects that. Still, we’re accessible to fans, and we appreciate their loyalty.
It’s not a fluke that the Bulls continually rank as one of the top draws in sports.
The facility is kept in outstanding shape and the clubhouse staff works very hard to ensure that players continue to spread the good word about Durham. Whether you’re a rookie coming to AAA for the first time or a veteran of the minor leagues, you’ll be well cared for in Durham.
Anyone fortunate enough to have spent time with the Durham Bulls already knows what I know. This is a baseball town with outstanding fans, a top-notch stadium and a professional management team. I hope USA TODAY readers know that now, too.
|Witt Also Spoke to WRAL-TV:
Bulls Outfielder Speaks Out About Teammates’ Accusations
In a July 28th article in USA Today, three players painted a less than an attractive picture of playing baseball with the Durham Bulls. All-Star infielder Kevin Witt says the negative comments created quite a stir, and Witt went as far as to write a letter to the editor of USA Today.
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Infielder B. J. Upton and outfielders Delmon Young and Elijah Dukes were the focus of the July article “D-Rays’ Kids Set for Major Promotions” to which Witt responded. The story chronicles their topsy-turvy year waiting to be promoted to the Major League Devil Rays, and Young’s 50-game suspension for throwing a bat at an umpire. Upton was arrested in June on suspicion of drunk-driving.
Since the article’s publication, Upton got his wish to be promoted to the Rays, although he was booed by the crowd when stepped up for his first at bat. In early August Dukes was suspended indefinitely by the Devil Rays.
The News & Observer published an article on August 3rd (Bulls’ image takes a hit), which included an interview with Capitol Sports Vice President George Habel, giving the Bulls a chance to respond to the slings thrown from the three disgruntled players.