In this weirdly bandaged baseball season, the Macon Bacon made the most of it by giving Macon their first baseball title in 58 years.
Just in their third season, the Bacon used a double-play to defeat their coastal rival Savannah Bananas 6-5 to win the Coastal Plain South Championship on Sunday.
It was the first professional baseball title for Macon since the Peaches won the 1962 South Atlantic League (SALLY) championship with a team which included then-minor league player, Pete Rose. The Peaches defeated the Knoxville Smokies three games to one for the title.
The Coastal Plain League is a collegiate wood bat league, which is an outlet for college players to get extra work and be seen by pro scouts during their schools’ offseason, was originally supposed to have 15 teams scattered from northern Virginia to south Georgia.
Because of the pandemic, many of those teams opted out.
Seven of the 15 teams in the Coastal Plain League have been playing this summer. Two teams in North Carolina and two teams in Virginia make up the northern pod, while the two Georgia teams and one South Carolina team make up the southern pod. Each team was scheduled to play roughly 20 against the other teams in their pod, and roughly 20 exhibition games against assorted lower-level summer-collegiate teams.
The Bacon took a 6-0 lead early with a three-run homer run Josh Hood home blast in the third inning. The Bananas made things interesting with scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to make it 6-4. For the rest of the game, it was a pitchers duel. The top of the 9th came around, and the Bananas were able to put another on the board to make it 6-5. Runners were on the corner when the Bacon were able to turn a classic 6-4-3 double play to win the game.
Although the league season is done, the Bacon-Banana rivalry will continue with the Breakfast Bowl which features a nine-game exhibition between the two teams set to begin Thursday in Savannah. The teams will play single games Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks. Five games will be in Savannah and four in Macon.
No Friday Flashback post today. Instead I have a few sports-related rants and observations to share with you. Yes, I have a blog and I intend to use it.
The Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets last night to even their Western Conference Semifinal series at 2-2. Yes, Pekka Rinne was in goal and played better than he has in recent games. I still would have started Juuse Saros and I’m not so sure I can be very confident about Rinne even with last night’s win. I also applaud the move to put Scott Hartnell in the game. He’s a veteran player and definitely added the physicality to counter Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien. I really was tired of hearing the endless comments from NBC’s AJ about how big and strong Byfuglien is. I’m also glad that Patrik Laine FINALLY scored a goal so now the NBC commentators will shut up about it. Enough already about how many games he had gone without scoring. The young, goat-bearded wonder has scored now, let’s move on.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Ryan on a five-year, $150 million contract with $100 million guaranteed. Are you kidding me? Why? Yeah, I know they call him “Matty Ice” (which is detest) but has he won any Super Bowls? I won’t deny that Ryan is good but I wouldn’t necessary say his consistent. Speaking of highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL, when I asked Siri about it you won’t believe the top five: Kirk Cousins (seriously??), Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr and Drew Brees. What are owners and general managers paying all this money for?
Nashville’s Metro Council is set to vote on proposal to move our Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium which was originally supposed to be built on the Fairgrounds near downtown. There is some consternation about the location. A Nashville MLS spokesman fears that failure to support the site will cost Nashville its proposed MLS expansion which was awarded in December. It’s a bit crazy to me that they can do this much work for a soccer stadium but they can’t come up with a plan to fix the traffic mess. They will eventually approve and build a soccer stadium but it will be a mess trying to get there.
President Trump is going to appoint Bill Belichick to his sports council. Yet another reason to dislike both. Was deflate-gate not enough?
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart got a new 7-year , $49 million dollar deal from Georgia. I’m a bit on the fence about this one. At least Smart got the Bulldogs to the National Championship game right? The Southeastern Conference is brutal. It will be very difficult to repeat the success from last season. Smart becomes the fifth highest paid coach in the big-time college football division.
Someone recently told me they would like the Kentucky Derby more if not for the horses. They prefer all the hoopla (i.e. fancy hats, mint juleps) to the actual horse race. You would hope they treat those awesome animals well and don’t abuse them. Sorry, I’m not a fan. It’s a horse race.
Who is Josh Rosen and why is he stirring up junk? His feelings are hurt that he fell to 10th in the recent NFL draft before the Arizona Cardinals traded up to select him. Really? What exactly did he do in college football? Well, he’s with the Cardinals. It won’t matter much anyway.
I’m still disappointed that Georgia Running Back Nick Chubb got snagged by the Cleveland Browns. I was hoping the Tennessee Titans would get him. Poor Chubb.
In case you’re following the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the TorontoRaptors 128-110 last night to take a 2-0 lead in their series. Toronto is the #1 seed in the East but looks like they are fading fast. To be honest, I haven’t been interested in the NBA playoffs since Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired.
I really wish the Washington Redskins would change their stupid name.
Is It Finally Time to “Turn off the lights” on Monday Night Football?
The best reason that John Gruden has returned to coaching again is that he won’t be on Monday Night Football anymore. Have you heard that the new announcers will be Joe Tessitore and former Dallas Cowboys’ Tight End Jason Witten? I know who Jason Witten is but I have to admit that I had to click on Joe Tessitore’s name link to refresh my memory on who he is. We have come a LONG way from the days of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Frankly (no pun intended), I think they should finally put an end to Monday Night Football. Turn out the lights and let the party be over.
Yesterday my wife gave me a Savannah Bananas shirt from the Coastal Plains League team. It will go along with the Macon Bacon shirt I ordered a few weeks ago. I think the Portland (Oregon) Pickles and Montgomery (Alabama) Biscuits will be next on my list.
No, this isn’t a joke. There really is a team named the Savannah Bananas. The Bananas have just finished their first season in the Coastal Plains League (CPL) which is a summer league for college players. The team was successful both on and off the field as they won the league championship and led the league in attendance.
The Savannah Bananas defeated the Peninsula Pilots 9-7 in Game Three of the Pettit Cup Championship to win the title.
The Bananas scored a run in the first inning and four in the second when Jameson Hannah and Rylan Bannon hit back-to-back home runs to give the Bananas a 5-0 lead. The Pilots made a late run to cut the lead to 8-7 going into the ninth inning. Savannah scored another run then held Peninsula scoreless to win the title.
Savannah defeated Asheboro and Forest City in the playoffs. In the championship final, the Bananas won the opening game 8-4 as Dungan Andy Clint Hardy led the Bananas with two hits and three RBIs each. Catcher Adam Gauthier also added two hits in the game. Savannah scored three runs in the fifth inning to break open the game.
The series shifted to Hampton, Virginia for game two as the Pilots tied up the series with a home run in the eighth inning by Kyle McPherson for a 4-3 win.
The Bananas replaced the Savannah Sand Gnats this season when the South Atlantic League team moved to Columbia, South Carolina. The Bananas broke the league’s single-season attendance record with an average of 4,329 per game and 17 sell-outs.