Footage of a baseball team performing TikTok dances on the field to disrupt their opponents is going viral online, with some videos racking up more than 70 million views.
The Georgia-based Savannah Bananas are taking the internet by storm with their mid-game choreography as they dance to Beyoncé and Celine Dion.
Savanah Alaniz, Marketing Coordinator, explained the idea launched in March, telling Newsweek“There was a trend on TikTok, Beyoncé’s drop challenge, and we wanted to incorporate that into a game because we know our fans love it when players do things during games.”
She said they had already done popular dances on the social media channel and decided that four players, pitchers Kyle Luigs, Christian Dearman and Collin Ledbetter, shortstop, Dalton Mauldin, second baseman , Ryan Cox, center fielder, Reece Hampton, would start dancing during the 3rd inning, 2nd batter and 2nd ball, which would become known as the 3-2-2.
The feedback has been amazing, with the clip on their account, @thesavbananas, racking up over 16 million views online, as Alaniz explained, “We did Beyoncé’s drop challenge which was trending on TikTok while wearing kilts and it went viral.”
Other dance trends followed, as she recounted them saying, “Players’ favorite dances they’ve done are ‘Let’s Groove Tonight,’ the Baby Baby Baby Celine Dion trend and the Savage TikTok dance trend. .
“Usually we’ll send them a video of the dance a few days before the game once we’ve decided what we’re going to do and they’ll have a few days to learn it and then we’ll all rehearse the day of the game on the pitch.
“They can usually get the dance right after just a few tries. They’re really good now! Some dances take a little more practice.”
Fans also went wild for the dance “Let’s Groove Tonight,” which amassed over 40 million views, but the undisputed favorite was “Body on My Mind,” which racked up an impressive 73 million views.
“Almost everyone LOVES the videos! They can’t get enough of them. They have recommendations for us, they feel bad that the receiver isn’t part of the dance, they ask when the next one will be released. It’s incredible !
“And then you also have the baseball purists who think it’s too much or get upset because it’s a waste. [an illegal motion usually performed by the pitcher]. You can’t win them all, I guess! We’re just trying to make baseball fun!” Alaniz admitted.
She explained that the team was not part of Major League Baseball, saying, “We started in 2016 as a varsity summer team that plays in the Coastal Plain League. It’s a team where Collegiate athletes, from Junior College to Division I, come in and play for the summer. Our second team, the Premier Team, started in 2021.”
Although she said they have former MLB players, as well as minor league, freelance professional players and former CPL Bananas.
“The Premier team plays Banana Ball and gives us a way to serve more fans by being able to play games outside of the summer season and travel to different cities. Both of our teams are amazing and having so much fun!” Alaniz added.
She confirmed that they were trying to find a way to keep the 3-2-2 going, explaining, “When the 3-2-2 happens, most of the time it’s a hesitation, which in baseball traditional, will only get any runner forward.Our summer wooden bat team plays in the Coastal Plain League, which plays by traditional baseball rules, and they will begin play May 26.
“The 3-2-2 may exist for our Premier team playing Banana Ball, but we’re still trying to find a way to carry on the tradition with our college summer team because they’ve been so successful, but without flinching. “