The (now world famous) Savannah Bananas may have split from the Hostess City (only temporarily) for their first-ever world tour, but the team is back in town for the weekend and fans can get in on the action (April 8-9) streaming on ESPN+ . The network announced that they will be beating the bananas to introduce “Banana Ball” to its viewers.
Here’s the release from ESPN:
ESPN+ will exclusively live stream two games of the Banana Ball World Tour in 2022 on April 8-9 with social media famed Savannah Bananas as they launch the sport of Banana Ball in the South. Games begin April 8-9 at 7 p.m. ET in Savannah, Georgia, and programming begins at 6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
On their tour, the Bananas compete against their friendly Savannah-based rivals, the Party Animals, and in addition to performing dances, singing songs, and performing wild stunts throughout the game, they introduce fans to the Banana Ball rules. :
Walks are sprints
No hill visits
Can’t get out of the batter’s box
Hitters can steal first base
If a fan catches a mistake, it’s an out
Every inning is a winner take all
Two hour time limit
Overtime one-on-one confrontation
Fans will also learn about the Bananas through a SportsCenter “Featured” all about the team and owner, Jesse Cole.
About the savanna bananas:
Since their arrival in Savannah in 2016, the Bananas have gained worldwide attention and have sold out every night with over 4,000 fans in attendance and a waiting list for thousands of tickets. The team has become known for their Dancing Players, Dad Bod Cheerleading Squad, Banana Nanas Senior Citizen Dance Team, Breakdancing First Base Coach, Banana Pep Band and crazy entertainment. In 2021, The Bananas launched a new professional team playing a new game, Banana Ball – our spin on the rules of baseball with a two-hour time limit where there are no walks, no buntings and fans can catch foul balls for outs.
The most talented and entertaining 35 players were scouted and signed to play in the 2021 Spring Series in Savannah, then headed to Mobile, Alabama to play to two sold-out crowds at the famed Hank Aaron Stadium. The 2021 Spring Series and One City World Tour received coverage from the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, MLB Players and Personalities, Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, and more. A single video of a Bananas pitcher dancing before throwing a pitch has been viewed more than 30 million times. Fans cheered, danced, laughed and some even cried like they’d never done before at a baseball game. This is the Bananas Experience.
Now the Bananas are expanding the World Tour as they continue on their crusade to “Make Baseball Fun” through their mission to be “Fans First and Always Entertaining”.
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