A Bananas employee runs a manual dashboard
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — Many people all around the stadium are making sure the Bananas retain their title as baseball’s most entertaining team every game.
But one employee remains outside the stadium, away from the bustle of a sold-out crowd.
“Usually I show up here around 6:00, you know, an hour before the game starts. I get a few glasses of water sometimes, maybe some food, and then I wait for the game to start and watch the game. , fill in the numbers, and that’s about it,” Connor Dodge said.
Each time the Bananas return home, the scoreboard changes to reflect this. Behind the painting is a man, Dodge, who grew up not far from Daffin Park on Wilmington Island.
Dodge ensures that one of the historic aspects of the stadium remains – the manual scoreboard.
“Basically, I’m in center field and I see like every pitch thrown by the pitcher, and I can kind of follow the ball wherever it goes, so it’s really cool to watch. I mean, the way whose pitchers are throwing the ball is crazy sometimes, and then sometimes you have the center fielders and the shortstop and the second baseman all dancing together and somebody’s back here to record it. is really fun,” Dodge said.
Dodge is watching every pitch from an iPhone-sized hole. Change the numbers on the scoreboard to reflect runs, hits and errors throughout the game.
He says he never gets bored of being away from the crowd. Bananas are so much fun.
“I watch everything and get second-hand entertainment out of it,” Dodge said.
In a world of electronic bulletin boards, video boards — even Major League Baseball discussing robot umpires — the Savannah Bananas have married the new with the old. Think TikTok meets Big Green Monster, it just adds to the uniqueness of a game day in Savannah.
“I think it’s really important for the Bananas to honor our history here at Grayson Stadium. A park that was built in 1926, rebuilt in 1941 into the stadium that you see today, that you know, on the left field wall, we have the 14 teams that preceded the Bananas, and the story is right there. You can see it every time you visit the stadium, and then you walk through the lobby and you have pictures of Babe, and Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Dale Murphy, John Smoltz, you know it’s unreal the kind of people who play here, and come to watch games here and just thousands and thousands, thousands of people who have been entertained by the American pastime here at Grayson Stadium, and although we’re the new wave of baseball, and we’re trying to increase the speed and entertainment value of the game… I think it’s really important to honor everyone who brought the game to where it is today and where hopefully e, we can save it and improve it for the future,” said banana broadcaster Biko Skalla.
“Although there are so many fans here who want to come and see the antics and all these fun things that we do, there are people who love baseball and want to see a great baseball game, and we put that on too, you know we’re the best team in our division we play very competitive baseball and I think that’s a great aspect that pays homage to the historic stadium that we have in the sense that we’re able to play baseball as well competitive, while bringing the new era of baseball to Grayson Stadium,” said banana pitcher Charlie Fleming.
Only in Savannah can history meet new age and coexist like historic Grayson Stadium and Savannah Bananas.
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