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Tim's Take: Savannah Bananas craze

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Savannah has never really been considered much of a sports town, but you wouldn't know that if you were at Grayson Stadium the last two summers. 

The Savannah Bananas have quickly become a hot ticket - and a part of the Savannah community. The team did that by working hard and not taking local support for granted. 

When Savannah's baseball team came up one game short of returning the championship series last week, the final score was the only real disappointment. 

"You get this emotional connection when people come out of their shell when they are here at Grayson Stadium. They are wearing their jerseys, their shirts, they're chanting, they're throwing bananas. It's just an unbelievable experience," said Savannah Bananas Team President, Jared Orton. 

And it might be unprecedented for Savannah sports. 

The Savannah Bananas' success on the field in their first two years has been impressive. Their success at the box office has been remarkable - 27 straight sellouts this season and an actual demand for tickets - something that just doesn't happen here. 

The best part about it - the team didn't only work hard to create that kind of effect - they appreciate the response from their fans. 

"I think a lot of companies and businesses, they don't say thanks as much as they should, and so every time someone buys a ticket, we try to call them and say, 'Hey, thanks for buying from us, thanks for coming; what was your experience like," Orton said. 

The front office was back at work right after the season ended for the team, expressing their appreciation in an email to customers, sending thanks as easily as hitting send. 

"I think we throw around the term 'family' a lot, but people really are part of the Bananas family. It's great that people come out and support us and all that, but they really believe in what we're doing. They believe our staff, they take care of us, they welcome us into this city, and that's what we're thankful for," said Orton. 

That's what the team that plays baseball in Savannah 'Savannah's baseball team' for the first time in a long time. 

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