SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -The Savannah Bananas are just six weeks away from what is supposed to be opening day for the team.
Team owner Jesse Cole says that the team owners and the Coastal Plain League commissioner are having a conference call every-other-week to discuss plans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change things.
Cole says Bananas employees are having video calls weekly in the meantime, planning new ways to keep fans positive and entertained on social media during this time. You can find their Twitter account at @TheSavBananas and on Facebook here.
Cole says he believes the Bananas will play this season, but it might not be on May 28th as planned.
“I’m very optimistic that there will be an opening day,” Cole said. “I’m not sure when that opening day will be, so at this point, I’m definitely optimistic that we will play. I think, you know, especially in Savannah, we have a huge responsibility, not only for the safety of the community but a responsibility to bring everybody back together again."
On that opening day, whenever it may be, Cole had this to say.
“It’s going to be pretty special when it happens. I can’t imagine the reaction from the fans and seeing people so excited to get back together again.”
Cole added that since college baseball season was canceled early in the season, they’re expecting the most talented crop of players the league has seen yet.
“It’s going to be the highest level of talent ever in the league and in Savannah, because of the fact that the college baseball season got cancelled. So many players from all over the country are looking to play. They want to get their reps in. They want to get the opportunity to play in front of professional scouts, and so, we are hearing from more coaches, more players than we’ve ever heard before, and, you know, we’ve been fortunate to get, you know, obviously some great players in the four years, but I would expect that the talent level this year will be unprecedented.”
The Bananas are supposed to face their rival the Macon Bacon at Historic Grayson Stadium on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. for opening night.