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Savannah Bananas, Coastal Plain League
Yet teams know there's room for both serious
baseball and entertainment. After all, the fun-focused
Bananas won the league championship in their first
season.
"It's really satisfying as a baseball event," says
Savannah's Greg Miller, a baseball purist who was won
over after a game or two. He now buys season tickets.
But the former baseball coach knows he's more
die-hard than others. "Look, I've sat in the stands with
people who don't care about baseball," he says.
That's why a break dancer coached first base. A
Bananas player told Miller it's like going to a circus and
a baseball game breaks out.
Baseball is the sideshow, says Orton, the team
president. "It's nonstop entertainment from the time you
walk in."
Leslie Moses is a freelance writer who lives in Savannah. She was MVP for the Angels YMCA baseball team
in second grade.

ROME BRAVES

Houston Astros, last year's World Series champions.
The Rome Braves show players' hometowns on
the high-definition video board they use for replays.
That information, along with player meet-and-greets,
strengthens the connection with fans.
The team returns the support. Making a difference
in the community is "paramount," Jones says. Players
visit schools, and an annual silent auction with hot
dogs and chicken tenders benefits local charities.
Yet on-field play remains serious.
"We focus really on the players themselves and getting them to the next level," Jones says. "That's what it's
all about."

Rome baseball is serious. Many former Rome Braves
have moved on to baseball's highest level and excelled.

Take in a game
Many Georgians know about the "big three" (MLB, NFL and NBA) teams
based in Atlanta: the Braves, Falcons and Hawks. But there are several
other sports and leagues to enjoy throughout the state. Here are a few.

Baseball
* Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League),

greenjacketsbaseball.com
* Rome Braves (South Atlantic League), romebraves.com
* Gwinnett Stripers (International League), Lawrenceville,

gostripers.com
* Macon Bacon (Coastal Plain League), maconbaconbaseball.com
* Savannah Bananas (Coastal Plain League), thesavannahbananas.com

Basketball
* Atlanta Wildcats (American Basketball Association),

atlantawildcats.com
* Central Georgia Rattlers (American Basketball Association), Macon,

atlantawildcats.com
* Atlanta Dream (WNBA), dream.wnba.com
* Universal Basketball Association teams (five Georgia teams),

ubanow.com

Football
* Columbus Lions (National Arena League), columbuslions.net
* Georgia Doom (American Arena League), Macon, georgiadoom.com
* Atlanta Havoc (American Arena League), Buford, atlantahavoc.com
* Peach State Cats (American Arena League), Dalton,

peachstatecats.com
* Savannah Coastal Outlaws (American Arena League),

facebook.com/coastaloutlaws

Ice hockey
* Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL), atlantagladiators.com
* Macon Mayhem (Southern Professional Hockey League),

maconmayhem.com

Soccer
* Atlanta United (Major League Soccer), atlutd.com
* Atlanta Silverbacks (National Premier Soccer League),

atlantasilverbacks.com
* South Georgia Tormenta FC (Premier Development League),

Statesboro, tormentafc.com
* Peachtree City MOBA (Premier Development League),

MTPHOTOGRAPHY

mobasoccer.com

April 2018

Lacrosse
* Atlanta Blaze (Major League Lacrosse), atlantablaze.com
* Georgia Swarm (National Lacrosse League), Duluth,

georgiaswarm.com

More online at www.georgiamagazine.org

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