Three kids dressed in banana costumes at Game 2 of the World Series in Texas Saturday night had more on their minds than Halloween.
A San Antonio teenager known as “Banana Boy” is a Texas Rangers fan who recruited two friends to try to distract Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly.
Their dancing shenanigans were seen on camera while they were behind home plate in a box at Globe Life Field.
“Just like in the Astros game – which the Rangers lost – the FOX cameras couldn’t stop the fans from going crazy. Literally,” Sports Illustrated wrote on its website.
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They attracted the attention of the fans, but apparently not that of the opposing team, as Arizona went on to win the game 9-1.
Not everyone found the tactic appealing.
“Can someone please take these banana costumes off of these boys behind home plate?! I can’t even enjoy the World Series. Such a distraction!” a social media user posted on X, formerly Twitter.
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Others praised their attempts to help their home team.
“World Series tickets behind home plate: $6,000. Buy them so your kids can dance in banana costumes on national TV: #TexasRangers #Mastercard #WorldSeries2023 priceless,” another X user posted.
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“Banana boy,” according to local Texas media, made the same shot in Games 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series when the Rangers faced the Houston Astros.
The 13-year-old fan told Spectrum News that he is a very superstitious fan.
“I’m going to wear the same outfit and not wash the clothes,” he said. “I’m going to put him on my bed and wear the same outfit.”
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It is unclear whether he and the other group members will make appearances in any of the possible remaining five matches.
The World Series is tied 1-1. Game 3 will be played Tuesday at Chase Field in Phoenix. First pitch is set for 5:03 p.m. MST.