Baseball and Albany go together like peaches and cream since the Albany travelers played affiliated ball back in 1935 teams have come and gone, yet the most recent baseball ventures have left a bad taste in the mouths of local fans. Tim Craft, an Albany resident, says, "They needed a better place to play in order to keep people and the biggest thing is that people are going to have to support them and if they don't it's not going to work."
Over the past fifteen years the Polecats, the Alligators, and the Waves have failed to stay on the diamond in Albany, but the Peanuts claim to have a thicker shell. Danny Aller is a sportswriter for the "Albany Harold." "There's just a lot of skepticism in the are about minor league baseball in Albany because there's been three or four teams that have come and folded over the years."
Wally Backman is the South Georgia Peanuts Manager. "I've heard some of the horror stories when the Dodgers were here. They come in and then their just gone."
Omar Roque is the vice president of league operations. "We want the community to know that we're here for the long term."
Backman says, "The league has a good backing. They want to stay."
Roque says, "We are here to be a community partner. We don't want to be a one and done team, or league."
Backman says, "We're the only league that really wants associate ourselves with major league baseball."
Local residents are hopeful that the South Georgia Peanuts have the winning recipe that will keep their feet planted firmly in the red clay in Albany, Georgia.
Aller says, "People care about baseball. We get a lot of calls in at the newspaper a lot to get more baseball in the paper.
Floyd Patterson works with the Peanuts field operations. "I think it's great to bring baseball here. It's something that kids, parents, and grandparents can enjoy. It's America's past time so it should be Albany's past time.
For now, local baseball fans are optimistic that the peanuts won't leave a salty taste in their mouths.
Craft says, "They are more family oriented this tie than they were last time and I think they've done a good job of putting it together and hopefully it'll work this time."
The peanuts have created a community bond. Now it's a matter of putting a good product on the field.