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Many people wonder what Bolt does during the offseason. Well, one of Bolt’s activities is to completely dominate some mascot basketball.
Bolt and 10 other mascots took part in a basketball game at halftime of NC State’s women’s basketball game last night, and there was a clear superstar.
Whoever is the mascot for the @wsdashbaseball is an absolute baller on the hardwood! Made all the other mascots look like stuffed animals!
— Chris Sullivan (@Chris__Sullivan) February 22, 2013
— Laura Marshall (@LMMPhoto92) February 22, 2013
Bolt was the leading scorer as he led his team–which consisted of Sir Purr (Panthers), Rufus (Bobcats), Lugnut (Charlotte Motor Speedway) and Bingo (Burlington Royals)–to a shutout victory.
Here are some pictures of Bolt from last night.
Bolt poses with some of his best friends from around the area.
Bolt is such a floor general.
Rufus from the Bobcats joins Bolt for a special moment.
By the end of the night, Bolt was ready to sit down and enjoy the game.
It was a fun night for Bolt at NC State. It seems like he is in midseason form. You can see Bolt at BB&T Ballpark for the first time in 2013 in exactly seven weeks!
For now, you may run into him dropping dimes and getting buckets at a basketball court near you.
It was an eventful weekend for the Dash. From our first “Breakfast with Santa” event to the 22nd-annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade, we recap the weekend in photos below.
Santa’s setup in the Womble Carlyle Club was pretty nifty.
Bolt found a new best friend!
This Bolt character is pretty popular with the ladies, too.
Bolt waving to all of his fans.
Thanks to Russ, Jay, Bolt, Kayla, Brandon, Matt, Darren and Chris for their extra effort this weekend.
Hope you ran into the Dash at some point this weekend! Have a great Monday.
The Dash are thankful for…
- all 305,515 fans who visited BB&T Ballpark for the 2012 season.
- an All-Star season, capped by a 9-1 victory in the Midsummer Classic.
- having the MVP (Dan Black) and the Manager of the Year (Tommy Thompson) in Winston-Salem.
- the decimal .630. It was the Dash’s 2012 winning percentage, good for the best in full-season minor league baseball.
- large windows in the control room so that they can see T-Rock bust a move to “Tricky” and “Call Me Maybe.”
- Brady Shoemaker’s first-half dominance.
- Kevan Smith’s playoff prowess.
- having the opportunity to see highly-touted prospects Jackie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, Billy Hamilton and George Springer, among others, play at BB&T Ballpark.
- the potential of the 2013 squad, with players like Courtney Hawkins, Erik Johnson, Scott Snodgress and Keenyn Walker candidates to begin the season in the Triad.
- the fact that things like Bolt, Lemonheads, ZOOperstars mean something to folks in Winston-Salem.
- a beautiful ballpark that features family-friendly entertainment all summer long.
- the 2013 season, which is just 136 days away.
Have a tremendous Thanksgiving, and thank you so much for reading this blog all season long. Enjoy your turkey.
Winston-Salem’s 2013 schedule came out yesterday, and excitement is already building for the club’s fourth go-around inside BB&T Ballpark.
Yesterday, we broke down the key games of the first half. Now it’s time to examine the important dates during the final 70 games of the regular season:
- July 4 v. Myrtle Beach: The Fourth of July and baseball go together well, and the Dash will play at BB&T Ballpark on our nation’s birthday. Last season, the Dash set a BB&T Ballpark attendance record with 7,285 fans at their Fourth of July loss to Myrtle Beach. Winston will have a chance at revenge against the Pelicans in 2013.
- July 10 v. Potomac: Winston-Salem’s final “early” game of the season comes in the middle of July against Potomac, a team that the Dash swept in all 10 games at BB&T Ballpark in 2012. The Dash will host a pair of 11:00 a.m. games April 24 and May 8 along with two noon games June 26 and July 10. It is always fun to play hookey and take in a baseball game, and this will be the Triad’s final chance next season.
- August 24-26 v. Myrtle Beach: The two best teams in the Carolina League during the regular season were Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans challenged the Dash in the second-half division chase and took Winston-Salem to a winner-take-all Game 3 in the Southern Division Championship Series, and the Rangers tend to stock Myrtle with solid prospects. This series, which marks the final regular season meeting between the two squads, could be meaningful down the stretch in 2013.
- August 30 v. Potomac: The Dash clinched the second-half crown August 30, 2012. Exactly one year later, Winston-Salem will conclude their home slate with a “Fireworks Friday” clash against the P-Nats. Hopefully the Dash will not be saying “so long” to BB&T Ballpark on this night. Instead, maybe it’ll be a “see you in the playoffs” moment.
- September 2 at Wilmington: Game #140 always features a wide range of emotions, but the main question will be this: what will the Dash do after making the 7-hour trip back to Winston-Salem on Labor Day? Will the playoffs be on the docket, or will the players be heading home?
The games highlighted above will be fun and could be meaningful. Either way, we know what journey the Dash will have to take to get back to the playoffs. I can’t wait to begin that trip to begin April 5 at Carolina.
Voting for the first round of the “Mascot Madness” tournament ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m., and Bolt is locked up in a tight race with Clearwater’s mascot, Phinley.
You can vote up to 25 times for Bolt, so be sure to help Bolt live up to the title of “everyone’s favorite mascot.”
If Bolt advances to the second round, the opponent will be either Muddy the Mudcat (Carolina Mudcats) or Strike the Sasquatch (Northwest Arkansas Naturals).
Phinley has proven to be quite a challenge, and the vote is close. Be sure to help Bolt move on to round two!
In case you didn’t know, everyone’s favorite mascot Bolt is in the field of 64 for this year’s “Mascot Madness” tournament through Minor League Baseball.
You can vote up to 25 times, so…
Why should you vote 25 times? Well, Dash “Director of Fun” Trey Kalny has come up with a GREAT list. Hopefully this piques your interest enough to vote for Bolt once (or 25 times).
1) Disney named a movie after him (please don’t sue us Walt).
2) (Usain) Bolt will be in the Olympics this summer.
3) He’s a natural redhead and proud of it.
4) He’s won title bouts all over the world, including Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Tokyo, Japan; Minsk, Belarus; and Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.
5) Unlike Phinley from the Clearwater Threshers (Bolt’s first-round matchup), he can breathe on land.
6) He uses his Mohawk to sweep up the competition (because it’s really a broom).
7) Because with the purse money, he might be able to buy some pants that fit.
8) Because his likeness is used as currency in the Ratchet & Clark video game series. Seriously.
9) Because Elmo looks like him (rather than he looks like Elmo).
10) Because he has his own ballet.
11) Because Bolt is an anagram for Blot and he plans to blot out the competition.
12) Because DC Comics has a series of comics named after him, “The Brave and the Bolt” (or because he was the inspiration behind the show Batman: The Brave and the Bolt).
13) Because he was the inspiration behind Star Trek’s slogan “To Bolt-ly go where no man has gone before.”
14) Because his dance moves leave fans “bolt over” in amazement.
15) Because the San Diego Chargers use his symbol on their helmets.
16) William Faulkner considered naming his masterpiece after him (No Sound and the Furry).
17) He’s a (Bolt)lock to win.
18) He’ll fasten together a winning streak to win it all.
19) “No great discovery was ever made without a ‘Bolt’ guess.”- Isaac Newton
20) “Fortune befriends the ‘Bolt.’”- Emily Dickinson
21) He has his own soap opera (“The Bolt and the Beautiful”).
22) You’ll never hear him tell a “bolt-faced lie.”
23) Whether you like it or not, his striking figure lights up a room (weather pun).
24) Because you can’t spell trouble without Bolt and the rest of these mascots are in a whole lot of trouble.
25) Buses in the Northeast are named after him because of his lightning quick speed.
The key to all of this is simple: Vote for Bolt!
Second chances do not come around often. For Dash mascot Bolt, a second chance has arrived.
Another tournament is here, and it involves 64 mascots within minor league baseball.
Our goal is to help Bolt take the crown. Please vote for Bolt in the first round against Clearwater Threshers mascot Phinley by clicking the link at the top of the page.
We’ll leave you with this–Bolt’s biography. It is tremendous:
“Since my arrival in 2009, I’ve taken Winston-Salem by storm. My deceptive speed and electric personality make me the perfect mascot for the Dash. I am neither bear, nor dog, nor bear-dog, but rather a Bleacher Creature (Bleacherus creaturus). My notable achievements include most belly shakes in one minute (423); most high-fours in a single game (3,202,009); and a more ignominious distinction — a 210-game losing streak in Musical Chairs. I provide our fans with high-voltage entertainment, and, just like the dash in the city’s name links two proud communities, I bring people together with the greatest gift of all: laughter.”
Vote for Bolt!
The Dash lead the Carolina League with a 23-16 record, but one of the club’s biggest victories came today when they partnered with Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County to help build five houses in the Winston-Salem area. Here are some pictures from the event. The first three come from Dash marketing czar Brandon Cathey.
Thanks to everyone who supported today’s build. It was for a great cause!
The home opener is here. All of us with the Dash are busy getting ready for tonight’s game. To get you set, here are some details on tonight’s game.
- Tonight is the two-year anniversary of BB&T Ballpark’s first regular season game. On April 13, 2010, the Dash lost to Potomac 5-4 in front of a sold out crowd in Winston. Tonight, this place will be packed as the Dash try to improve to 2-1 in home openers in this building.
- For all of you Bolt fans, be sure to get here early. Our friend Bolt will have a very special entrance in advance of first pitch. I know people around here are very excited about it. Sorry, that’s all I can tell you about it!
- We will also have a flyover before the game, which will be awesome to see prior to the game.
- Tonight’s first pitch will be thrown by Carolina League President John Hopkins, who is entering his 29th season as the CL’s boss. A native of Greensboro, Hopkins is the longest-tenured CL President in the league’s tremendous history.
- After the ballgame, many fans will receive a free magnet schedule for the 2012 season.
- And of course, don’t forget, tonight will be the first of many exciting post-game fireworks displays.
We are thrilled for tonight. Hope you are one of the lucky folks who have a ticket for tonight. Talk to you at 6:45 p.m. for the Pre-Game Dash!
One of my favorite shows growing up was Whose Line Is It Anyway? Four comedians, along with host Drew Carey, would do skits that they learned about on the spot. One of my favorite lines is below (I’m a Browns fan, and even I can’t help but laugh every time I watch it).
Basically, the show is based around improvisation, which was the word of the day for the Dash, Bolt and me today. For a sampling of a day in the minor leagues, read below. I promise it won’t disappoint.
3:50 a.m.: A wake up call from my Dad. When I have to wake up really early, I don’t trust my alarm. Thanks, Dad.
3:59 a.m.: I receive a text from WXII reporter Veronica White, who was planning on coming out to BB&T Ballpark for a few interviews this morning (this explains the ridiculously early wake-up call). She informs me that there is an issue with their live truck, so they may be a little late.
4:25 a.m.: I find out from Veronica that they are planning on swinging by the park in a half hour to get the live shot going. I finish getting ready and head to the team office to grab a few final things before our trip to Frederick.
4:55 a.m.: For the first time in my life, I arrive at a baseball stadium during the true “early hours.” There are some strange noises at BB&T Ballpark when no one is in it and it is almost 5 in the morning.
5:13 a.m.: After a few more texts with Veronica, she calls to let me know that the segment at the ballpark is officially nixed. She asks that I go to their studios along with Trey Kalny, our game entertainment superstar, and everyone’s favorite mascot Bolt.
5:30 a.m.: I arrive at the studios and get my microphone hooked up. We’re live for my interview in ten minutes.
5:42 a.m.: The two-minute interview two hours in the making is done. I even mentioned our new Pinterest account, which was the most popular topic. Morning shows are stressful. I give the WXII crew a ton of credit for rolling with the punches.
5:45 a.m.: Trey and Bolt arrive at the studios and start getting their toys ready.
6:36 a.m.: Veronica does the last of three segments with Trey and Bolt, which are hilarious. I immediately leave to head back to the ballpark. I’ve got a bus to catch.
7:10 a.m.: After picking up some breakfast, changing into more comfortable clothes and loading my bags, I’m ready to go. I set a personal record for the earliest I’ve ever sent game notes and settle in for the journey to Frederick, which, if you don’t know, is in Maryland (that’s important in a minute).
7:30 a.m.: We officially start driving.
7:35 a.m.: I notice we start heading south. Uh oh.
7:40 a.m.: We’re most certainly driving south. Double uh oh.
7:45 a.m.: I find out there is an issue with the bus. Triple uh oh.
8:20 a.m.: We arrive at the bus garage to take a look at the issue. After a quick check, the service folks realize that it is not a quick fix. Time to load onto another bus.
8:50 a.m.: A team effort from all the guys puts us back on the road pretty quickly. We transferred all the bags from one bus to another and hit the road on a bus that manager Tommy Thompson called “Alaska Airways.” When we got on the bus, it was probably 60 degrees. Fortunately, it warmed up quickly.
9:00 a.m.: Dash trainer Cory Barton, who is a popular man because he passes out meal money and he frequently reads our game notes, finds out that we are about six hours away from Frederick. So, if you’re doing the math, 90 minutes after the bus left BB&T Ballpark, we’ve actually added almost 30 minutes to our trip. At this rate, we should be far enough south to play the Augusta Greenjackets tonight.
10:30 a.m.: A 90 minute nap is done, which was heavenly.
12:00 p.m.: A 90 minute Big Bang Theory showing is in the books. Bazinga.
12:15 p.m.: We stop in Harrisonburg, Va., for lunch, so I head to Taco Bell.
12:35 p.m.: Dash reliever Chris Bassitt, a fellow Mid-American Conference man, shows me how to get free food. Have you ever seen those weird-looking aquarium-like objects at fast food places? The ones that you drop a quarter in and it almost always falls to the bottom? Well, Chris is really good at getting those quarters to land on the platforms. He won three or four free items because of this skill.
1:00 p.m.: We hit the road again, with Frederick the destination (still).
3:05 p.m.: Finally, the bus pulls up to our hotel for the series. Everyone hops off and takes their bags to their room, and we load the bus back up within 20 minutes.
3:40 p.m.: We arrive at Harry Grove Stadium, finally. There were times I never thought we would get here, but we did.
I do have three predictions for other activities today:
7:03 p.m.: A rain storm blows through Frederick.
7:58 p.m.: Another storm hits Harry Grove Stadium.
11:23 p.m.: I utter the words, “We’ve got extra innings in Maryland!”
In all seriousness, though, everyone from Veronica and the gang at WXII to the employees at the bus garage to the players on the bus (er, buses) were good sports about it. This is what we sign up for by being in the minor leagues. We have to expect (and deal with) the unexpected. These kinds of days make you appreciate the flawless trips even more.
But if the trip home Thursday night is smooth, I won’t be upset about it.
Hope you enjoyed a detailed and slightly sarcastic look at a “long” day in the minors. I’ll talk to you at 6:45 on wsdash.com for the “Pre-Game Dash.”