Hundreds of the Savannah Banana’s younger fans got the chance to meet their favorite players and learn from the team’s best and brightest talent.
“It brings back a lot of memories, I was in those kids shoes at one time” Banana’s pitcher Brenton Burgess said. “I looked up to the college players and the pro players it’s always good to give back.”
The team hosted its second kids camp of the summer and, while the campers learned plenty, the players and coaches drew inspiration from the event.
“These kids see you and they are just so happy,” Burgess explained. “It makes you want to be a better ball player everyday. It makes you want to keep going and keep that job for the game.”
The morning started with batting practice — a fan favorite among the campers. “Hit home runs, do your job, and be the best sport you can,” Sam Thorpe said, as he waited in line for his turn. “I want to outhit the brothers, dads and moms”
Thorpe’s big brother, John, set up in right field and said he wasn’t surprised with his siblings confidence. “I’d say lets see it,” John said with a grin. “Give me his best shot.” Sam’s trip to the plate ended with a single to center — a win-win scenario for this sibling rivalry.
“It’s a great job I’m happy for him,” John explained from his spot in right field. “He’s my little brother I’m always cheering him on.”
Head Coach Tyler Gillum said, after a week of camp, he was impressed with the talent out of the young campers.
“You’ve got guys that can swing it a little bit, guys that can run,” Gillum added. “You know, green light special, we are looking for guys that can steal some bases.”
A few years down the road, with hard work, some of these campers may find themselves on the other side of the camp — teaching the game to the next generation of talent.