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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.

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


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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 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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.