Baseball season may be in the rearview mirror, but Savannah Banana ball season is getting started in Georgia. The Savannah Bananas, minor league baseball’s resident showmen and court jesters, have announced their 2023 schedule, hitting 33 cities starting in February.
Who are the Savannah Bananas?
If you’re unfamiliar with the Savannah Bananas, it’s time to acquaint yourself accordingly. The Savannah Bananas have become a must-see team with Banana ball, one part baseball traditionalism, another part performance art and theatrics. We’re talking stilts, choreography and a dad-bod cheerleading squad.
Yes, the Savannah Bananas waste no opportunity for on-field hijinks, and they’ve just unveiled their road schedule for the 2023 season. They did it during a mock draft, naturally. Cities across the US were announced a la MLB draft picks, and the event was live-streamed on YouTube.
The Savannah Bananas have effectively leveraged the power of social media to elevate their brand of baseball.
The team creates viral content across a variety of platforms to motivate even the most lukewarm baseball fan to buy tickets. Their TikTok account has more than 2.5 million followers.
Must-see Savannah Bananas tour starts in February
Jesse Cole, the Savannah Bananas owner and master of ceremonies, had this to say about the coming road games:
“On this tour, you will see the most entertaining ball players in the world, playing Banana Ball, ‘the greatest show on sports.'”GPB.org
Savannah Bananas tour dates
The Bananas road tour sees the team trek across the states, beginning Feb. 17, 2023, in West Palm Beach, FL.
The team will visit multiple cities throughout the South and West Coast through the spring and summer months, with a final Banana Ball game in Cooperstown, NY, in September.
Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can go ahead and sign up for pre-sale on The Savannah Bananas website. There is a waitlist for some tickets.
Beginning of Banana ball
The success of their make-baseball-fun-again model means that this season will be completely devoted to Banana ball, allowing more fans to experience the phenomenon that’s swept the social media and sporting landscape. It’s the culmination of Cole’s vision when he launched the Banana brand in 2015 after the Savannah Sand Gnats left town.
He sought to redefine baseball as a tableau for pure entertainment: part P.T. Barnum, part athletic prowess. With the Savannah Bananas going full-Banana ball, 33 cities will now have the opportunity to see in person what’s set social media feeds on fire. It’s a testament to a fun-first mentality, and the ability to bring an unlikely brand to eager audiences across the nation.