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Posted: July 12, 2018 9:43 a.m.
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Local baseball team honors our service members

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The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, Col. Jason Wolter, throws the first ceremonial pitch, July 7, at Grayson Stadium, in Savannah.

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America is synonymous with sports similar to how baseball is with hot dogs. One local baseball team, the “Savannah Bananas,” joined forces with community service members in hosting a military appreciation game July 7, at Grayson Stadium, in Savannah.  The Savannah Bananas played against the “Macon Bacon,” from Macon. 

The Savannah Bananas gave fans, veterans and service members more than just nine innings of summer time baseball. Fans can experience a banana eating contest and some even bring toddlers to the field in banana costumes.  

This Fourth of July weekend game, however, had a different flavor. The Bananas teamed up with Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield to give a nod to those who serve and have served.

“We wouldn’t be here without our veterans and service members,” said Josh Lawrence, a Savannah native in attendance.

Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division, dressed in Operational Camouflage Pattern and black berets, sharply synchronized their movements while presenting the colors on the field before the crowd. Players on the Savannah Bananas, sporting U.S. flag and camouflage-themed uniforms, took to the field after the National Anthem filled the air courtesy of the 440th Army Band, North Carolina National Guard. Col. Jason Wolter, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, threw the ceremonial first pitch.

“It doesn’t get any more American than this,” said veteran and Bananas fan Russ Shaw. When asked what he thought about the night to honor the military, Shaw added, “Couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The Macon Bacon bested the Savannah Bananas 8-0.

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