||Bulls Wind Down 2012 Season
As Season Ends, Accolades Continue
The Durham Bulls wrap up their 2012 season over Labor Day weekend with a final home game on Saturday, Sept 1st against the Charlotte Knights and the last road game on Monday, Sept 3rd in Charlotte. Although the Bulls won’t be going to the post-season play-offs this year, they gave fans their longest winning streak of 2012 as the season closes.
Get tickets for the final two home games (Aug 31st & Sept 1st) of the season here. Enjoy fireworks after both games!
Big Goings on at the Ballpark
The action at the DBAP won’t be over once the regular season ends. The 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game will take place at the home of the Bulls on Tuesday, September 18th. The Bulls have just announced that country music superstar and Garner native Scotty McCreery will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch and perform “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch.
McCreery was crowned the winner of the tenth season of American Idol in 2011. He has since become one of country music’s brightest young stars, selling over a million copies of his debut album Clear as Day. Now enrolled at North Carolina State University, McCreery is an avid baseball fan, having played on the Garner High School baseball team.
The 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game is a one-game, winner-take-all showdown between the champions of the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. Durham is the first International League city to host Minor League Baseball’s premier event, which will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.
Tickets for the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on September 18th are available online at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919.956.BULL, or in person at the DBAP ticket office.
Bulls Come Out on Top
Capitol Sports Vice President George Habel shared the scoop that the DBAP is once again being lauded as the best. In the August 29th edition of his blog, Note to Self, Habel wrote:
Stadium Journey magazine has bestowed its highest ranking upon the Durham Bulls for the “fan experience” at the fourteen IL ballparks:
At the top of the pile in the International League is the Durham Bulls. It’s Triple-A Baseball at its best. There is nothing more a baseball fan can ask for. The Durham Bulls experience is so good that it almost makes you forget that you are in the heart of basketball country smack dab in the middle of one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.
That’s from the July edition of Stadium Journey. In that issue the editors have rated every ballpark in each minor league classification – quite an undertaking! The magazine is a compendium of stadium and arena reviews. If you are a “sports tourist” you will enjoy this publication. I made note of SJ’s 2011 MiLB rankings in a March post.
Click here for purchase info on back issues and subscriptions.
A Repeat All-Star
And in one final note, last but certainly not least, Durham Bulls Infielder Leslie Anderson has been named to the International League’s Post Season All-Star Team. He made the mid-season All-Star squad, too.
Find out all the scoop on his selection & his season here.
Thanks to CS’ George Habel and the Durham Bulls for contributions to this capcom story & for these capcom photos & graphics.