When Savannah lost the Sand Gnats baseball team at the end of last season, many in our area, myself included, figured competitive baseball at Grayson, much like the stadium itself, was history.
But boy we were wrong.
The Savannah Bananas took the City of Savannah, as well as the Coastal Plain League, by storm this summer. Last Saturday the team comprised of college-aged players dipping their toes into professional ball wrapped up its regular season with its 17th sellout of the year and a number one playoff seed.
A season-best 4,300 people were on hand for the game, helping the Bananas smash the CPL’s season attendance record. In all, more than 80,000 fans rooted for the home team in just 22 games at Grayson Stadium.
The Bananas are now playoff bound with at least one more home game this week and one more chance for fans to understand the Bananas appeal.
Consider this: I applaud the Bananas for all they’ve done to make going out to the old ballpark relevant. But imagine the draw if the old ballpark was a new one, with modern features and conveniences that would draw fans and tourists alike well beyond the numbers they saw this year.
The team has done its part, now it is time for city and county leaders to step up the plate.
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