This Thursday night's your chance to see not one, but two Durham national champions on the DBAP's field -- even if one of the two is more accustomed to basketball courts than baseball diamonds.
The NCAA men's basketball champs from Duke and the Minor League Baseball AAA national champion Durham Bulls will share what's being called the Night of National Champions down at American Tobacco and the ballpark.
The men's basketball team will kick things off at 5:30pm beneath American Tobacco's Lucky Strike tower, with Coach K and the team's seniors making remarks to the assembled crowd. (No comments from the peanut gallery on how the last-second three-point miss by Butler would have been a "lucky strike" if it'd gone in -- since for those who aren't Carolina or State fans, it might've been.)
At 6:30, Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo gets his Minor League Manager of the Year award; then, Duke seniors Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian ("Zoooouuubb!") Zoubek throw out "ceremonial first pitches" to open the back end of the Bulls away-and-home series with the Norfolk Tides.
The whole Blue Devils team will make it out onto the field in the third inning to take a bow; the National Championship trophy will then be available for viewing afterwards on the DBAP's concourse.
Opening night at the DBAP is sponsored by the Durham Chamber of Commerce.