Tebow Draws THOUSANDS to minor league baseball every time
Associated Press via Yahoo news reports:
Tim Tebow is a big-league hit in the minor leagues.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback has minor league fans around the Single A South Atlantic League flocking to stadiums and jamming ticket lines to see the Columbia Fireflies outfielder and designated-hitter.
The Hickory Crawdads sold out four games with the Fireflies, its total of 17,500 for the series surpassing the 15,900 they drew their first eight games.
"We had 4,500 people in the stands," Crawdads season ticket holder Christopher Pack said, "and 4,300 were there to see Tim Tebow."
People show up in Tebow's NFL jerseys, and Florida Gator outfits, lining up around the rails in this intimate ballparks trying to get autograph or a selfie with Tebow.
It may be unclear if he will ever get to "The Show," but one is clear: Tebow is the biggest show currently playing Class A ball.
That was apparent last Saturday in the eighth inning against Hickory when Tebow, on his off day with the New York Mets affiliate , heard the Crawdads crowd chant his name, hoping that Columbia manager Jose Leger would get him in the game.
"It's not something you see all the time," Hickory general manager Mark Seaman said.
The welcomed chaos has been evident during Tebow's three road trips in April.
In Augusta, Georgia, the GreenJackets front-office staff had to scramble and find enough workers for concessions: 5,830 fans turned out, well above their season's average of 3,190. A few days later in Rome, Georgia, - smack in the heart of Southeastern Conference football territory where the former Florida Gator was a polarizing figure - Tebow and the Fireflies drew 5,105 fans.