We are not your typical baseball team. We are different. We take chances. We toe the line. We test the rules. We challenge the way things are supposed to be.

OUR GAME AND PLAYERS

  • We play Banana Ball– the fastest and most entertaining game of baseball.
  • Our players perform choreographed dances every game – Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Mariah Carey – You name it, they’ve danced to it.
  • Every game we have a 3-2-2, which stands for 3rd inning, second batter, second pitch. These are unique in-game pre-pitch dances that have combined together for over 300 million views on TikTok.
  • We are the only baseball team to play in kilts. That’s right, kilts.
  • Our players perform in over-the-top music videos like Old Town RoadCan’t Stop the Peeling, and I Don’t Dance.
  • Our hitters walk ups are legendary. Bananas may be escorted to the plate by the Banana Pep Band, walk down the yellow carpet wearing the finest Dolce and Banana, or they may even introduce themselves. 
  • We are known for our epic scoring celebrations. From running through the crowd to performing fully choreographed country line dances. When we score, you never know what will happen next.
  • We have the World’s Tallest Hitter and Pitcher with Dakota “Stilts” Albritton who stands 10 feet tall.

OUR GAME AND PLAYERS

  • We play Banana Ball– the fastest and most entertaining game of baseball.
  • Our players perform choreographed dances every game – Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Mariah Carey – You name it, they’ve danced to it.
  • Every game we have a 3-2-2, which stands for 3rd inning, second batter, second pitch. These are unique in-game pre-pitch dances that have combined together for over 300 million views on TikTok.
  • We are the only baseball team to play in kilts. That’s right, kilts.
  • Our players perform in over-the-top music videos like Old Town RoadCan’t Stop the Peeling, and I Don’t Dance.
  • Our hitters walk ups are legendary. Bananas may be escorted to the plate by the Banana Pep Band, walk down the yellow carpet wearing the finest Dolce and Banana, or they may even introduce themselves. 
  • We are known for our epic scoring celebrations. From running through the crowd to performing fully choreographed country line dances. When we score, you never know what will happen next.
  • We have the World’s Tallest Hitter and Pitcher with Dakota “Stilts” Albritton who stands 10 feet tall.
  • We play Banana Ball– the fastest and most entertaining game of baseball.
  • Our players perform choreographed dances every game – Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Mariah Carey – You name it, they’ve danced to it.
  • Every game we have a 3-2-2, which stands for 3rd inning, second batter, second pitch. These are unique in-game pre-pitch dances that have combined together for over 300 million views on TikTok.
  • We are the only baseball team to play in kilts. That’s right, kilts.
  • Our players perform in over-the-top music videos like Old Town RoadCan’t Stop the Peeling, and I Don’t Dance.
  • Our hitters walk ups are legendary. Bananas may be escorted to the plate by the Banana Pep Band, walk down the yellow carpet wearing the finest Dolce and Banana, or they may even introduce themselves. 
  • We are known for our epic scoring celebrations. From running through the crowd to performing fully choreographed country line dances. When we score, you never know what will happen next.
  • We have the World’s Tallest Hitter and Pitcher with Dakota “Stilts” Albritton who stands 10 feet tall.

We first arrived in Savannah in October of 2015 with a goal to make baseball fun and bring back fans to Historic Grayson Stadium.

For the first time, minor league baseball had left the city, after calling Savannah home for 90 years. Now, because of this we realized that getting fans excited for a college summer team was harder than we could have ever imagined.

In our first few months, we only sold a handful of tickets. By January of 2016, just months before our first game, the team had over drafted our account. Owners, Jesse and Emily Cole were forced to sell their home and put money into the team to keep it going.

Then everything changed on February 25, 2016 when we named the team the Savannah Bananas.

This announcement created massive attention both in Savannah and nationally as CBS, NBC, Sports Illustrated and even SportsCenter featured it as logo of the year.

But locally the name was not liked or appreciated by most people in Savannah. We heard comments like whoever came up with the team should be fire. The owner should be thrown out of town. You’ll never sell a ticket. We even did a mean tweet video a year later to share some of the “love” we received.

But even with “mixed reviews” we were finally on the map and people knew who we were.

With all the attention, we were able to sell out Opening Night. The fans joined in on a completely unique experience with all-inclusive food, and new entertainment from the Banana Nanas, Senior citizen dance team, to the first banana, the Banana Baby and dancing players.

Since the first season, we’ve sold our every single game – over 200 and counting

The Bananas were part of the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate league, for seven seasons. 

The team won three Petitt Cup Championships while part of the CPL and had over 35 players drafted across the seven years of play. 

In 2022, the Bananas announced that they were leaving the Coastal Plain League to play Banana Ball year-round. Banana Ball was born out of the idea of making baseball more fast-paced, entertaining, and FUN.  

The Bananas now field two independent professional teams – The Savannah Bananas and The Party Animals. Both teams are made up of players who are recruited and paid for their play. 

Current and former MLB stars such as Jonny Gomes, Bill Lee, and local Savannahian, Josh Reddick, have all played with the Bananas professional team.  

You can find out more about the Bananas teams here.

Bananas Foster is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to Bringing Families Together. Our organization is committed to helping the whole foster care community. Advocating for everyone involved, Bananas Foster celebrates those already making a difference while inviting others to get involved so we can all help make this world a better place. – Emily Cole