LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Think Tim Tebow is popular with his minor league baseball teammates?
A group of Columbia Fireflies mimicked Tebow’s every move while he shagged flies in the outfield during batting practice. It was an amusing show of affection for the 30-year old rookie attempting to make it as a professional baseball player.
Tebow has made a significant impact on ticket sales this season with the Mets’ Class A farm team, and he is apparently just as popular in the Fireflies’ clubhouse.
“You’ve got a guy who’s won a Heisman Trophy, won two national championships, did a pretty good number on the South Carolina Gamecocks who play about 3 miles from our ballpark,” team president John Katz told the Daily News. “He’s had those successes and he’s had those failures, too. He’s had failures on a big stage, but one thing you can say about Tim Tebow is the guy’s not a quitter. And when you’ve got these younger players who have had success at different levels, again different stages … but to have that veteran leadership on the team, a guy who’s done so many things on and off the field, all it does it bring positives to the clubhouse.”
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Some of those good vibes were evident in left field Monday afternoon.
Tebow and the Fireflies were playing a doubleheader Monday night and he was expected to draw another big crowd.
Through the first 11 road games of the season, Columbia had sold out eight of those. But after the playful prank Monday, it seems Tebow is as popular among his teammates as he is with fans.
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