It's not easy to stand out in minor league baseball.
With bizarre promotions, is-that-even-legal gimmicks, and crazy uniforms, the more than 200 minor league baseball teams and dozens of other independent clubs have tried just about everything. Nonetheless, the Durham Bulls stand above the rest in one cosmetic area: uniforms.
Last year, the longtime Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled new "Bull City Blues" uniforms. They wore the uniforms every Saturday home game beginning in mid-May and, thankfully, they're doing so again in 2017.
The uniforms don't veer from the iconic snorting bull logo — made popular in the 1988 film Bull Durham — nor do they feature any over-the-top colors, caricatures or alternate logos. They do, however, have a few slight adjustments that are meant to "unite the city's gritty history with its vibrant present and future."
The uniform features two colors never-before associated with the Bulls. First, a bold new orange represents the progress and bright future of Durham. The city's vivacity, from its innovative spirit to its diverse culture, is symbolized in this fresh, robust orange. Second, the navy blue is not only a tribute to the Bulls' Major League affiliate – the Tampa Bay Rays – but is also a symbol of the community's urban roots, and pays homage to the blue-collar history of the tobacco industry that helped Durham grow into the city it is today.
And on Saturday, May 20, against the Gwinnett Braves, they'll wear the stunning uniforms for the first time this season. Here's a look:
Tonight, the Bulls will don their Bull City Blues uniforms for the first time in 2017.
— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) May 20, 2017