The Savannah Bananas, a minor league baseball team in the Coastal Plain League, went viral just last week for one of their players with a hilarious walk-up routine involving a golf caddy. Over the weekend, the organization showed off just another aspect of its entertainment value once again thanks to a stellar play from infielder Bill LeRoy.
The Bananas third-baseman was mic’d up in the top of the third inning with his team trailing 2-0. While out in the field, he predicted how one of the at-bats was going to turn out and how he planned to make the play for the first out of the inning.
“He’s going to roll it over, I’m going to backhand it on the second hop and Manny Machado underhand throw to first,” LeRoy proclaimed.
Remarkably, that’s exactly what happened. The batter hit a slow chopper down the third baselined, LeRoy scooped it on the second hop and fired the ball over to first for the out.
After he narrated, and made, the play, the Bananas third baseman pointed up to the broadcast booth and celebrated with the announcing crew, while the crowd applauded him. Take a look:
— Savannah Bananas (@TheSavBananas) August 14, 2021
First of all, Leroy deserves tons of props for the incredible play and for his psychic ability. To make the tough play was one thing, but to narrate the process was even more impressive.
Secondly, what happened at the Bananas game over the weekend is evidence for why more sports should experiment with players wearing microphones during games. Not only does it provide unique access to athletes, but it can also lead to moments like the one in Savannah.
Hopefully, organizations in all sports will see what happened at the Bananas game over the weekend and we’ll see more professional teams break out microphones for their players in the near future.
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