The world’s largest banana provider has made its pick in the 2018 College World Series: the banana-loving Mississippi State University Bulldogs.
In response to the “Banana Rally” craze sweeping Starkville, Dole is saluting MSU on the occasion of its tenth College World Series appearance. The Bulldogs face the Washington Huskies June 16 in the first of two double-elimination brackets. If the team prevails, it faces the winner of Oregon State vs. North Carolina in a best-of-three series, starting June 25.
Mississippi State freshman infielder Jordan Westburg is credited with starting the “Banana Rally” craze during a game on June 3 when he placed a half-eaten banana on his head for good luck.
“While we’re all familiar with the California Angels’ Rally Monkey, this is the first we’ve heard of a Rally Banana,” said Bil Goldfield, director of communications for Dole Food Company. “In addition to being fun for players and fans, bananas have been shown to help athletes recover faster after peak performance than sports drinks and other foods – so there is science behind our pick, too.”
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