The Durham Bulls return to the DBAP on Thursday, May 19, when they open a four-game series against the Rochester Red Wings. Charlie Montoyo's International League Hall of Fame induction, a new uniform debut, two fireworks shows and Wool E. Bull's birthday highlight the event schedule.
On Thursday, May 19, the Bulls open the weekend series against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Prior to that night's game will be an on-field ceremony, as former Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo will be inducted into the IL Hall of Fame. Currently the third base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays, Montoyo spent eight seasons as Durham's skipper, compiling a franchise-record 633 victories, and leading the team to a Triple-A National Championship, two IL Governors' Cup titles and seven IL South Division crowns. The first 2,500 fans through the DBAP gates on Thursday will receive a mini helmet, while that night's contest also features $1 Concessions, as Bright Leaf hot dogs, soda and popcorn are just a buck all game long.
The series against the Minnesota Twins' top affiliate continues on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. Following that night's game, presented by Quintiles, is a Friday Night Fireworks show presented by bioMerieux.
Durham will debut its new Bull City Blues uniforms on Saturday, May 21. The uniforms, which are a tribute to the past, present and future of the City of Durham, will be worn on all remaining Saturday home games throughout the season. Immediately following Saturday's game will be a performance by the Long Haul Bombers, who have dazzled DBAP crowds each of the last two seasons with memorable home run hitting performances. The Bombers, members of the Amateur Softball Association, will precede the first Saturday night fireworks show of the year, presented by JT's Landscaping. That night's 6:35 p.m. contest is presented by Michael & Son.
The series against the Red Wings wraps on Sunday, May 22 at 5:05 p.m. That evening the Bulls will celebrate Wool E. Bull's birthday, as mascots from around the state will join Minor League Baseball's most famous mascot for a celebration. Following the contest, which is SUNsational Sunday presented by Sun Tan City, Kids Run the Bases presented by Nature's Twist. Sunday's game is also the season's last Bully Busters Recognition Night of 2016, sponsored by ARS Rescue Rooter, in which students who received vouchers for taking the Bully Buster pledge can redeem those vouchers for tickets.