Savannah Bananas announce two ‘World Tour’ stops in Valley


James Mackey

Scottsdale Stadium, Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants, will play host to the Savannah Bananas on Mar. 31, 2023.

James Mackey, Reporter

Since their inception in 2016, the Savannah Bananas have taken the sports world by storm, by rewriting the rules of the game of baseball, and calling it “Banana Ball”.

In 2022, the Bananas took their wacky, show-off, brand of baseball on the road for 14 games, across seven cities on the east coast, and close surrounding areas.

Incorporating the absurd into “America’s game” is what the Bananas do best.  From outlandish costumes to players on stilts to cartwheeling pitchers, there’s really no telling what will happen next regardless of the game situation.

The tour began in March at Grayson Stadium, in Savannah, and concluded at Legends Field in Kansas City, Ks. on May 7, with stops in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., Columbus, Ga., Daytona Beach and West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Banana’s held a “World Tour Draft” on their YouTube channel on Tuesday night.

During the event, they unveiled the 21 stops they would make on their 2023 tour, starting on Feb. 17 and 18 in West Palm Beach, and concluding on Sept. 16 in Cooperstown, Ohio, home of the MLB Hall of Fame.

In an article written by Nathan Dominitz, owner Jesse Cole said, “We’re coast to coast. We called it a World Tour since day 1, because we’re naming it for where we’re going, not where we are right now.”

Across the 70 game schedule, 30 will be played at Grayson Stadium, and the other 40 will be spread across Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana,  Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,  Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Bananas will play at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E Osborn Rd, the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants and Fall League home of the Arizona Scorpions on March 31.  T

That will be followed up with a stop at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave, on April 1, the Spring Training home of the San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners and Fall League home of the Peoria Javelinas.