Hit Bull Win Podcast

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Join hosts Patrick Norwood and Scott Strickland for the official podcast of the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Episode Date
Episode 53 - A Podcast Update and Chat

The podcast is evolving and we're going to try something new! Listen to the pod to hear about that update, how the ABS system was installed, and a milestone achieved for the first time in 20 years for the Durham Bulls. Enjoy!

Jun 02, 2023
Episode 52 - Leslie Martin & Cam Brendle

Unfortunately, Scott Strickland is absent. Fortunately, Patrick is surrounded by interesting people, like Director of Promotions Leslie Martin and Head Groundskeeper Cameron Brendle, who hop on to chat their work, fishing, Taylor Swift, and more. Enjoy!

May 11, 2023
Episode 51 - Bulls Manager Michael Johns

Scott and Patrick sit down with new Bulls Manager Michael Johns to discuss Durham, golf, and spring training cooking. Enjoy!

Apr 27, 2023
Episode 50 - The Gold Episode and Bryan Wilson

It's a 50th episode celebration! Scott and Patrick discuss a successful Opening Weekend, and chat with Director of Merchandise and Bulls front office legend Bryan Wilson. 

Apr 11, 2023
Episode 49 - Emptying the Mailbag

It's another mailbag episode! Scott and Patrick answer all your questions from Wool E. Bull's taco/burrito preference to their stress level headed into the season. Enjoy!




Feb 20, 2023
Episode 48 - The Toddcast

Assistant Director of Food and Beverage Todd Feneley joins Scott and Patrick to discuss Yoda Soda, golf carts, and everything in between. Plus, listen to hear how the new offices are working for the front office staff, and Scott's restaurant review kerfuffle.

Jan 26, 2023
Episode 47 - Meet Durham Bulls General Manager Tyler Parsons

Happy New(ish) Year! Hit Bull Win Podcast is back with another great episode as they interview new General Manager of the Durham Bulls, Tyler Parsons. Plus, an update on the renovation project, a holiday recap, and much more!

Jan 13, 2023
Episode 46 - Bye Bye, Brady

After three extraordinary years as Bulls manager, Brady Williams got the call up to the big leagues, as he will be departing Durham for his new gig, 3rd Base Coach for the Tampa Bay Rays!

Nov 18, 2022
Episode 45 - The Bulls Are Champions Again

Howdy! The Bulls are triumphant again and sit atop the mountain on the throne as the kings of Triple-A baseball. Listen here to hear a recap of Scott and Patrick's trip to Vegas, as well as a look ahead to the off-season.

Oct 18, 2022
Episode 44 - Ron Shelton

Legendary Bull Durham Director Ron Shelton comes on the podcast to discuss his new book The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit with Scott and Patrick!

Aug 12, 2022
Episode 43 - All-Star Break

The summer is halfway over and it is time for the All-Star break! Scott and Patrick discuss their favorite All-Star memories and stories.

Jul 26, 2022
Episode 42 - An Analysis of Top Gun: Maverick

Patrick and Scott step away from the diamond for a few minutes to break down some film. No, not highlights, but Top Gun: Maverick. Enjoy this brief reprieve from baseball!

Jul 06, 2022
Episode 41 - Guest Co-Host Paxton Rembis Helps Interrupt a Vacation

Guest co-host Paxton Rembis helps Patrick interrupt a coworker's vacation after a long 12-game homestand.

Jun 10, 2022
Episode 40 - Big Dog and Hot Dogs, Dave Levey

Director of Food and Beverage Dave Levey chats with Patrick and Scott to discuss hot dogs, concession stand evolutions, and running! Enjoy!

May 30, 2022
Episode 39 - The Return of Mitch Lukevics

Rays Senior Analyst and Hit Bull Win Podcast legend Mitch Lukevics rejoins the podcast to catch up with Scott and Patrick! Hear an insight on the evolution of Durham, why you want a big leaguer buying post-game dinners, and ballpark shenanigans.

May 13, 2022
Episode 38 - Mailbag Q&A II

You asked and they answered! Scott and Patrick sit down to answer questions about our championship rings, the tarp, and Ji-Man Choi's deadly accuracy with a sucker!

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Shop: https://durhambulls.milbstore.com/

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Apr 29, 2022
Episode 37 - Brady Ball: Conversation with Manager Brady Williams

Durham Bulls Manager Brady Williams sits down to discuss the season, his championship in 2021, cooking, reggae, shoes, and much more!

Get your tickets now: https://www.milb.com/durham/tickets/single-game-tickets

Get your Bulls gear here: https://durhambulls.milbstore.com/

Come work with us: https://www.milb.com/durham/ballpark/employment-opportunities

Apr 16, 2022
Episode 36 - Bulls Brand Ambassador Peyton St. George

Duke softball pitcher and Bulls Brand Ambassador Peyton St. George sits down with Patrick and Scott to discuss her journey to Durham, shoe painting, and the importance of mental health among student athletes. This is not one you're going to want to miss.

Follow the Bulls and Peyton St. George on social: @DurhamBulls @PeytonStGeorge (IG) @peytonst.george (TT)

Learn more about Morgan's Message: https://morgansmessage.org/

Get your Bulls tickets here: https://www.milb.com/durham/tickets/single-game-tickets

Apr 01, 2022
Episode 35 - Chat with Graphic Designer Paxton Rembis

Hosts Scott Strickland and Patrick Norwood sit down with Paxton Rembis to discuss the creative process, fishing, and more!

See us at a game! - https://www.milb.com/durham/tickets/single-game-tickets

Grab some gear! - https://durhambulls.milbstore.com/

Mar 18, 2022
Episode 34 - Peter Wallace and Baseball Movies

Patrick is joined by Peter Wallace to discuss their top 5 baseball movies of all time. Scott tells a tale of his interactions with Kevin Costner and Ron Shelton.

Mar 04, 2022
Episode 33 - Durham Athletic Park and Joe Stumpo

Joe Stumpo has been an integral part of the Bulls organization for years. As the groundskeeper at the DAP, he has seen and heard a lot. Check this episode out to his stories, whether or he believes in ghosts at the ballpark, and why Scott doesn't make his bed.

Feb 18, 2022
Episode 32 - Wool E. Grams

A time honored offseason event for the Durham Bulls, Wool E. Grams have stood as an institution in the community for over a decade. Get a behind the scenes look in this episode, as Scott and Patrick sit down with former Mascot and Community Relations Manager Nicholas Tennant to discuss the inner-workings of this tradition.

Get your loved one a Wool E. Gram today --> https://www.milb.com/durham/fans/wool-e-grams

Come work with us! --> https://www.milb.com/durham/ballpark/employment-opportunities

Get yourself some Bulls shirts! --> https://durhambulls.milbstore.com/

Feb 04, 2022
Episode 31 - Updates, Job Fairs, Lockouts, and more!

Sorry for the delay folks, but your favorite minor league baseball podcast is back! Listen up for news on the lockout, the Durham Bulls Job fair, and updates on future podcasts!

Want to be a part of the team? Come by the Durham Bulls job fair January 29th, from 9am-1pm.

RSVP: http://jobs.headwayhospitality.com/bulls-job-fair-2022/

Jan 21, 2022
NEW PODCAST: Follow The Truth from WRAL Studios

We're sharing a preview of a new podcast from WRAL Studios, hosted by Amanda Lamb. Follow the Truth tells the real story of the James Jordan murder and the man who says he didn't do it. Daniel Green has served nearly three decades in a North Carolina prison maintaining his innocence in the murder of Michael Jordan's father, James. This case is full of mystery, contradiction, and dogged by conspiracy theories. The ten-part series from WRAL Studios questions the evidence, scrutinizes the circumstances around the conviction and explores the possibilities of who else may have been responsible for James Jordan’s tragic death.

Jul 23, 2021
Episode 30 - Brett Sullivan

Durham Bulls Catcher Brett Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss promo night jerseys, bat flips, and the Mediterranean. It's a packed episode, so make sure you don't miss this one!

Jul 20, 2021
Episode 29 - Brent Honeywell Jr.

The time has come. Long time fans of Hit Bull Win Podcast have awaited this interview eagerly, and it is finally here. Brent Honeywell Jr. joins to discuss his journey, the city of Durham, and the day his truck was struck by lightning. If you'd like to watch this podcast, head on over to YouTube and search "Durham Bulls." Enjoy!

Jun 15, 2021
Episode 28 - Baseball is Back!

Welcome back Bulls fans! Scott is currently in the bubble, but nothing could keep him away from Hit Bull Win Podcast! Thank you for your patience. This episode is jam packed with topics like the MLB bubble, clubhouse personalities, and how Tim Duncan helped Scott Strickland meet his favorite professional wrestler.

May 17, 2021
Episode 27 - 2021 Season Mailbag Q&A

The Durham Bulls have released their schedule for the 2021 season! Now your hosts are answering your questions. Don't forget to also look on the Durham Bulls website for more details. Enjoy!

Feb 23, 2021
Episode 26 - Mike Birling and the Season to Come

Happy New Year! Hit Bull Win Podcast is excited to leave 2020 in the rearview. In this episode, Scott and Patrick interview Vice President of baseball operations Mike Birling, and he provides an update on the upcoming season. Enjoy!

Jan 07, 2021
Episode 25 - Discussion with LaTosha Smith

Ever wondered how a special event is put on at the DBAP? Well now is your chance to find out. In this episode, Director of Special Events LaTosha Smith joins to discuss her path, her role, and so much more!

Dec 14, 2020
Episode 24 - Chat with Ashley Larson

Ever wondered what goes on in the Ballpark Corner Store? Ever had an online order and wonder how it was processed and completed? Well this is the episode for you, as Scott and Patrick discuss merchandise, the creative process, and longboarding with Ashley Larson, Assistant Director of Merchandise.

Nov 19, 2020
Episode 23 - Conversation with Kyle Snyder

Howdy folks! In this episode, your co-hosts interview Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Coach Kyle Snyder, and discuss the great events hosted at the DBAP.

Nov 06, 2020
Episode 22 - World Series Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays have made it to baseball's biggest stage. Hear a preview from your favorite co-hosts and stay tuned for an event announcement at the end of the episode!

Oct 20, 2020
Episode 21 - Conversation with Neil Solondz

Podcast hosts Patrick Norwood and Scott Strickland sit down with Neil Solondz to discuss the Rays and Yankees American League Divisional Series playoff matchup.

Oct 09, 2020
Episode 20 - Conversation with ESPN’s Tom Hart

ESPN Play by play announcer Tom Hart joins host Scott Strickland to exchange stories from their Minor League Baseball experience, discuss Hart’s start in broadcasting and the impacts of remote broadcasts during the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

Aug 12, 2020
Episode 19 - Conversation with Neil Solondz

Former Bulls radio play-by-play announcer Neil Solondz fills us in on how Spring Training 2.0 went. He talks with Durham Bulls Assistant GM Scott Strickland about the first weekend of Rays Baseball vs. the Toronto Blue Jays and what baseball fans can expect the rest of the season.

Jul 27, 2020
Episode 17 - Conversation with Chris Pollard

Coach Pollard joins host Scott Strickland for a conversation about the day college baseball shut down, the current state of college baseball, and more.

Jul 17, 2020
Episode 18 - Conversation with Justin Ruggiano

A chat with the Bulls’ all-time hits and runs scored leader, Justin Ruggiano. Ruggiano discusses his accomplishments in Durham, his time with the Tampa Bay Rays, and what challenges current MLB players and teams will experience with the return of baseball.  

Jul 08, 2020
Episode 16 - Conversation with Elliot Johnson

Former Durham Bull, and Durham resident, Elliot Johnson joins Scott Strickland for a conversation about his baseball playing career. From his high school days, 5 seasons in Durham, and 5 seasons in MLB, Johnson discusses stories from his playing career while highlighting the special 2008 Tampa Bay Rays World Series season.

Jun 04, 2020
Episode 15 - Conversation with Buster Olney

ESPN major league baseball columnist, analyst, and Baseball Tonight daily podcast host Buster Olney joins Scott Strickland for a conversation about his storied career covering professional baseball. From growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont to covering the New York Yankees, Olney discusses stories from his career, the current plans for MLB to return to play, and the ongoing negotiations between MiLB and MLB. This conversation was recorded on May 22, 2020.

May 28, 2020
Episode 14 - Mail Time

Well we asked, and boy did you respond! This is our first mailbag episode. Hear your hosts answer some great questions from you, the fans. Plus, hear about how you can watch Bulls games with some of your closest friends during quarantine!

Apr 08, 2020
Episode 13 - Coronavirus Response and Neil Solondz

While the offseason took an unexpected turn, the Bulls family swiftly sprung into action and are still hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. Hear how the Bulls are handling the current situation, and find out how the Tampa Bay Rays are responding as well, with a special interview with Rays pre and post game host Neil Solondz!

Mar 25, 2020
Episode 12 - New Season and Mike Birling

Hit Bull Win Podcast is back with a new sound and a new look! Hear from a new host, catch up with Scott Strickland, and hear about the future of the podcast! Plus, special guest and VP of Baseball Operations Mike Birling stops by to chat about his favorite season, the new netting, and much more.

Mar 04, 2020
Episode 11 - Dancing and Team Travel

One of the DBAP's best promotions? The Dancing Grounds Crew. Scott and Matt chat about why there's more to the Diamond Cutters than meets the eye, and look towards the team's playoff push as the season winds down. Plus they interview the team's Director of Retail/Team Travel Bryan Wilson, and Matt's modeling career also comes up.

Aug 14, 2019
Episode 10 - Rain and a Chef

Matt and Scott discuss all things rain - how and why games don't get postponed, who makes the call and tarp team discrepancies. Plus, they sit down with the Bulls' Executive Chef Curtis Wong to find out what his job actually entails.

Jul 31, 2019
Episode 8 - Wool E. Bull and the Blue Monster

Matt and Scott try to find out what happened to the missing Blue Monster, and some of the suspects who could've taken it. They also interview the person behind Wool E. Bull, and find out what it's like to be one of the most well-known personalities in the Triangle.

Jun 28, 2019
Episode 7.5 - Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton (Recap)

In a shortened episode and with Scott on vacation, Matt brings in two other colleagues to recap an historic weekend at the DBAP, highlighted by rehab appearances from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Note: interview requests with Judge and Stanton were - for some reason - not granted.

Jun 19, 2019
Episode 9 - Theme Nights and Patrick Kinas

Scott and Matt talk about Stranger Things Night, and some of the difficulties that come with working on a project owned by a large corporation. They also have an extended interview with Bulls radio broadcaster Patrick Kinas, who chats about his different relationships with different managers, and how he got selected to broadcast two different Olympic games.

Jun 18, 2019
Episode 7 - Bull Durham and Pat Phelan

Matt and Scott talk about the movie Bull Durham, and how important the movie was in turning Durham into the hip city it is now, plus they discuss turkey burgers, no-hitter etiquette and Yankees All-Stars. They also interview Pat Phelan, the Bulls clubhouse manager, and chat about how he got his job and what keeps him going.

Jun 13, 2019
Episode 6 - We Love Our Jobs and Quinton McCracken

Scott and Matt discuss how and why they love what they do, including the perks of getting special ballpark food. Plus they debate whether or not they'd rather have free tickets or free concessions for life, and interview Bulls coach Quinton McCracken, who talks all things Duke, including playing football for Steve Spurrier.

Jun 05, 2019
Episode 5 - Misunderstandings and the DBAP Groundskeeper

Matt and Scott discuss the frustration and awkwardness of interacting with people who have no clue what lifestyle a member of a Minor League front office lives. Plus they debate whether or not Pittsburgh is an East Coast city, introduce a new "Would Your Rather" segment, and interview DBAP head groundskeeper Cameron Brendle and discuss what it's like to live at the stadium for a week.

May 29, 2019
Episode 4 - The ACC Championship and Nate Lowe

Matt and Scott chat about the ACC Baseball Championship now Scott has woken up from his nap. They also chat with Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Minor League Player of the Year Nate Lowe, debate whether or not Durham Bulls Athletic Park is in Downtown Durham, and talk about how good the Bulls are.

May 23, 2019
Episode 3 - Education Days and Baseball Lifer Mitch Lukevics

Matt and Scott recap the Bulls' chaotic eight-game homestand, including Education Day parking challenges and kids who eat too much cotton candy. Plus they chat with Rays Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics who gives an overview on his job, tells some George Steinbrenner stories and talks about how he's seen Durham change in the last 25 years.

May 08, 2019
Episode 2 - Easter Eggs and a British Guy

Matt and Scott talk about what it's like when the entire Bulls office shuts down to stuff 4,000 plastic Easter Eggs, and then distribute 4,000 plastic Easter Eggs throughout the DBAP outfield. Plus they're joined by Joey Mellows (@BaseballBrit), an Englishman who quit his job to attend 162 baseball games this season.

May 07, 2019
Introducing Hit Bull Win Podcast, the official podcast of the Durham Bulls

Hosts Matt Sutor and Scott Strickland are joined by new Durham Bulls manager Brady Williams, and the pair talks about how pulling tarp sometimes earns you free biscuits. Follow the Bulls on Twitter Like the Bulls on Facebook Follow the Bulls on Instagram

Apr 16, 2019