Written by Biko Skalla:

 

Montgomery, Alabama, we salute you, (that should be sung aloud with your best Brian Johnson impersonation). Man oh man was that a blast in Bama’s capital. My mind is once again boggled by the unreal showing of support from Bananas Nation. Back to back sellouts of 7,000 fans packing Riverwalk Stadium, the two largest crowds in Bananas history. And now I’m blessed with the honor of recapping all of the funky goodness that was games 5 and 6 of the Banana Ball World Tour. I’m writing this while on another Sunday Penske ride back to Savannah with our shirts off and windows down, per Kurt, The Hurt, Kessler’s “Banana Ball World Tour Penske Procedures.” So, please buckle up, toss back a shot of half and half with me, and get ready to relive the nonstop fun that turned Montgomery into Bananaland for the weekend…

I recommend whole milk for chasing your shots of creamer, but whatever milk you can get your hands on will do.

Where else could I possibly truly start this thing than with the craziest line in sports?

And I would estimate that was about 30% of the line. It went around the bend, down the street, and had a decent bit more in the other direction too. Of course it’s also the most exciting line in sports, as you get the whole Bananas cast and crew getting the people riled up from the back to the front…

Once all the great people of Montgomery were inside Riverwalk Stadium, the Bananas pregame show came roaring to life. And I have to say I completely agree with our marketing queens, the pregame kick line has gotten slicker and slicker each week…

Before first pitch the Bananas and Party Animals battled in the ancient art of Heads Up…

After his third straight pregame win over his roommate, Tanner, Just Wait for It, Thomas wasted no time getting the actual game going and nearly took out the Bananas starter Kyle, I Wasn’t Napping I Just Feared for My Life, Biko, Luigs, on the first pitch of the night…

And in my defense if the clip was longer you would hear me explain that Kyle was actually just avoiding the deadly object hurtling through the air towards him, but what can you do. Well what you can do is click this link and watch any part of the game on our YouTube to get the full picture. That’s what you can do.

Anyhow, Kyle worked a 1-2-3 top of the first and it looked as though Matt, I’m the Most Mad About How This Will Ruin My MPI, Solter, was going to throw a scoreless frame too. He had gotten a flyout, pop out to a fan (only the 2nd of all-time, and for now both had gone against Bananas hitters), and given up a 2-base-sprint. That was until Cosimo, Pretty Sure My Bat’s Dead, Cannella’s throw from 3rd to 1st was off-line and Eric, Good Things Happen When You Put the Hall in Play, Jones, reached safely, bringing home Jake, The Dead Red Dude, Skole, to give the Bananas a 1-0 lead.

The Party Animals’ bats came alive in the top of the 2nd as they pushed 4 runs across on 3 hits and a walk/sprint. Solter shutdown the Nanners in the bottom half for a 4-0 inning win to even the game at one point apiece.

Kyle was able to survive a Cannella leadoff double, to toss a scoreless top of the 3rd. Oh and he did it while jerking all over the place…

 

In the bottom half, The Lord of the Bat Tricks, Alex Ziegler, worked a walk and then Baby Faced Bill LeRoy stroked a inning-walk-off single to bring in pinch runner Malachi, Magic Mike, Mitchell.

William, The Thrilliam, Kwasigroh, took over pitching duties from Kyle in the 4th, and quickly got some serious help from his defense…

Sorry to Brady, My Hammy’s Great for Hitting and Catching, West, for highlighting the fact that you are the first ever player thrown out at second on a walk/sprint. That’s just Banana Ball baby.

Well naturally after that, Dakota, I’m Laying Out Next Time, Albritton, came in on his stilts and almost snagged a screaming line drive off the bat of Dalton, Double Trouble, Cornett. Andrew, Donmaster Supreme, Don, roped a single to left to bring in Dalton and give the Party Animals a 1-0 lead in the inning.

Out came Mr. Slick 12-6, Sean Fluke, who walked Reece, I Thought Bananas Were Safe from Fouling Out to Fans, Hampton, and Fluke then had to fire home a 3-0 pitch to Skole…

That’s the first ever inning-walk-off home run in Banana Ball history. It was worth the wait.

Tanner Thomas led off the top of the 5th with an absolute no doubt tater tot off Aderlyn, These 3-0 Counts Kill Man, Silverio. After Bill and Vincent, The Greatest Robo Ump of All-Time, Chapman, did a little jig together…

An RBI double by Breland, The Mat Wolf of Hitting, Almadova, to bring in Josh, Great Weekend for the OBP, Lavender, pushed the inning lead to 2-0. Fluke was able to strand a pair of Nanners to secure the inning win and cut the Bananas lead to 3-2.

The Spades Guru, Alex Pierce, gave up back to back doubles to Cornett and Don to start the 6th, but he was able to strand Donny at 2nd as he struck out the next three hitters in a row.

Dalton, Just Doing My Job, Mauldin, led off the bottom half with a two-base sprint and in came Malachi Mitchell to pinch run for him. FlashThaKid took 3rd on a passed ball and then Bill LeRoy worked a walk to easily score Malachi, tie the inning at one run apiece, and therefore prevent the Party Animals from scoring what would have been a game-tying point. The Bananas win 3-2!

Before we get to night two, here’s why Vincent’s the best robo ump in the land…

Now to get you in the right mindset for night two, here’s what happens when the powers of Zack, The President of Saucetown, Breaux, and Ben, The Founder of Saucetown, Sheffield, are combined…

Also shoutout to that kid from the news story on night one who just loves baseball so much he inspired this bizarre video. Same man, same.

When it came time to prepare for night two, the Nanners brass had to bring in a very special guest…

Properly stretched and excited, the Bananas turned to Christian, I Need Guys Hustling to the Box, Dearman, for the start. His former college teammate Tanner Thomas started the game off with a single and came in to score on a Lavy walk/sprint. Chief Party Animal Promoter, Emmanuel Rosario, seemed like he had secured a Party Animals point, alas a 2-out pop up off the bat of Eric Jones bounced off the glove of Nick, Lenny Leonard Leo, DiBenedetto, to bring in Reece Hampton for the inning’s tying run. Bad then went to worse, because it also set up Michael, Mr. March, Deeb, for his World Tour leading 5th walk-off…

I don’t know why that play discombobulated me so much but it was one of those calls where as soon as the ball went off the bat I was in the Twilight Zone and I really didn’t get out of it until Eric had touched home. You win some you lose some.

Dearman worked a scoreless top of the 2nd inning and then Dakota, Oh oh oh oh oh oh, McFadden, reached on a rare error from Dalton Cornett at short. Malachi came in to pinch run, swiped 3rd base, and came in to score on a Dalton Mauldin inning-walk-off single. 2-0 Bananas just like that.

In a tale as old as time, after playing the hero on offense Dalton got three ground balls and made all three plays at first for a 1-2-3, two-minute and two second top of the 3rd inning, the second fastest inning in the World Tour. Manny returned the favor getting a flyout, pop up, and groundout to set the Nanners down in order in the bottom half.

The Party Animals started the 4th inning out with back-to-back singles from Cos and Lavy, but then Dearman caught Josh off of first base and one of the more unique double plays I’ve ever seen ensued…

The Who Needs Hair Duo, Adam’s Virant and Moreau, turned to Garret, Just Letting the Knees Eat, Delano, for the bottom of the 4th. With a little help from his catcher Zak, It Clearly Takes Skill to Pop Out to Fans, Whalin, who gunned down FlashThaKid trying to swipe 2nd base, Garret faced the minimum and held serve.

The Trickiest Man in all the Land, Mat Wolf, came out for the 5th and allowed one run as he hit Dalton Cornett and then walked King Leo to bring in Dalton. Delano looked like a Ricky Vaughn without glasses but pitched like Ricky Vaughn with glasses as he struck out the side to earn the Party Animals their first point of the evening.

The Animals came out hot in the 6th, pushing three runs across against Logan, I Just Need My Hog Out Here and I’ll be Fine, Maxwell. The Bananas got two back in the bottom half against David, Hold the Line, Moore, but dropped the inning 3-2 as the Party Animals tied the game at 2 points each.

So on to a 7th and final inning that would either decide the game or send us to Showdowns. Collin, These Player Dances are Definitely Improving My Pitching, Ledbetter, set down the Party Animals 1-2-3, with some help from a man in the stands…

@espn

They have a rule that if a fan catches a foul ball the batter is out 😂😂 @thesavbananas #baseball

♬ original sound – ESPN

Shoutout to that guy, our fan of the game, for giving the Bananas an inning and therefore a game walk-off opportunity in the bottom half. Eric Jones worked a walk against Moore to start the frame and then with one out D-Mac worked a walk as well to bring in Malachi who had pinch ran for Eric. Bingo, bongo, bango, the Bananas sweep the two game set in Montgomery to take a 5-1 lead on the Tour.

Once again after the Bananas play two games on a Friday and Saturday night baseball social media has been ablaze with the oddities and highlights that occurred. No matter how many times it happens, it’s still pretty surreal to see our posts on ESPN, and I’ve had droves of my pals from MLBN telling me that the Nanners are dominating their feeds today. Once again, thank you to all you incredible fans who make this happen.

So we go from the the two largest crowds in Bananas history to… Well what will after next weekend be the two largest crowds in Bananas history. We’ll see you in West Palm Beach, Florida, this coming Friday night and Saturday midday (we had to scoot our second game up to 1:00pm so the Houston Astros could play at night). For all those who can’t be with us in the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, I hope to see you in the YouTube comment section of our stream! We’ll be live at 6:00pm ET on Friday for all of the pregame festivities. Thanks for reliving the weekend with me. Let’s get weirder and wilder back down in the Sunshine State!