Bulls Get Grounded

Triple-A Durham’s game at Ottawa was postponed tonight because, of all things, mechanical failure. No the lights didn’t go out at Lynx Stadium and the sprinklers weren’t mistakenly turned on.

Rather Durham never get off the ground.

The Bulls were set to begin a nine-game road trip when they boarded a flight to Ottawa at Raleigh-Durham International Airport this morning. But moments before taking off passengers were ordered off the plane and the flight was canceled due to a mechanical problem.

Bulls players and personnel scattered onto different flights, arriving in Ottawa anywhere from late afternoon to early evening. International League president Randy Mobley said the game would have begun two hours late at the earliest’"and still without many Durham players. So the decision was made to postpone play it as a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Surprisingly, Mobley said incidents like this are infrequent in the International League and that air travel complications rarely cause postponements.

“It is the first time we’ve had anything like this happen this year,” Mobley said. “It happens probably less than once a year.”

“My sincere apologies go out to our fans along with the Ottawa Lynx and their fans,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said in a release. “My staff and the airlines worked feverishly to resolve this issue, but we were unable to find a solution that would get us there on time.”