Going Bananas for Baseball: The Savannah Bananas Phenomenon

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I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I decided to cover what some called the Harlem Globetrotters of baseball. I thought it was gonna be way too corny for my serious notion of what baseball should be, but I can admit when I’m wrong as long as I enjoy the outcome. So, corny and all, this is how I’ll cover it… In the heart of Savannah, Georgia, there’s a baseball team that’s been peeling back the traditional layers of America’s beloved pastime and offering fans a bunch of laughs along with a fresh take on the game. Meet the Savannah Bananas, a team that has managed to slip on the baseball scene with a peel of humor and a zest for entertainment that’s unmatched in the sport’s history.

How It All Started

I’ve sat through tons of YouTube videos about how the team started. Let me sum it up like this, The story of the Savannah Bananas is one ripe with ambition and creativity. In 2016, Jesse Cole, a man with a vision to make baseball fun again, founded the team with the idea of creating a fan-first experience that goes beyond the diamond. Cole, known for wearing his signature yellow tuxedo, wasn’t monkeying around when he set out to change the game. With a name like the Savannah Bananas and a mascot named “Split,” the team was destined to be a bunch of characters.

Not Your Average Bunch

The Bananas have peeled away from the conventional rules of baseball and introduced their own brand of the game, famously known as “Banana Ball.” In this version, the emphasis is on speed, excitement, and fan engagement. Imagine players stealing first base, a two-hour time limit on games, and fans catching foul balls for outs. It’s like someone took the rulebook, tossed it into a blender, and hit the ‘puree’ button with a banana inside.

Antics on and Off the Field

What really sets the Bananas apart are the antics that unfold during the games. Players might break into choreographed dances mid-game, and umpires are known to moonwalk while making calls. It’s a place where the Harlem Globetrotters meet baseball, creating a spectacle that’s as entertaining as it is bewildering.

Super fans get in on the action too, donning banana costumes, engaging in between-inning competitions, and becoming part of the show themselves. It’s not just about watching baseball; it’s about experiencing a carnival where the main attraction is a baseball game.

Players, Referees, and Bananigans

The team’s roster is a mix of talented players who embrace the fun-loving spirit of the Bananas while showcasing serious skills on the field. From pitchers who might deliver an underhand throw just for the fun of it to outfielders who catch fly balls with a flair for the dramatic, every player contributes to the spectacle.

The referees, or “Banana Nanas” as some might call them, are a spectacle in themselves, often seen engaging with the crowd, participating in skits, and sometimes even becoming part of the game’s unpredictable nature.

A Recipe for Success

The Savannah Bananas have proven that baseball can be wildly entertaining without sacrificing the love for the game. Their recipe for success includes a dash of comedy, a pinch of theatrics, and a heap of community spirit, all mixed together in a stadium where the only thing more abundant than laughter is the love for baseball.

As the Savannah Bananas continue to swing for the fences, they remind us that at the heart of sports is the joy of playing and the power of bringing people together. So, if you ever find yourself in Savannah, grab a ticket, a banana, and prepare to go a little bananas yourself. It’s a baseball experience you won’t find anywhere else, and one that might just change the way you view America’s pastime.

Christian Hathaway

Author and Journalist for GameTime and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazine. Co-creator of Digithits.com. Christian is an avid LA Dodgers and Lakers fan even though he lives in Chicago. He's easy to spot at a Chicago Bulls game because he's the only one wearing a Lakers Jersey in a see of Bulls fans.

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