Tim Tebow

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Tebow Time, Take Two!

The St. Lucie Mets, along with former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow, return to play the Fort Myers Miracle in a clash of Single A minor league baseball teams, from Saturday evening, July 15, to Monday morning, July 17, at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex at 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, 33912, roughly a 15-minute ride from Fort Myers Beach.

Tebow gained almost mythical status as the Florida starting quarterback from 2006 to 2009. He led the Gators to NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2008, and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007. This led the Denver Broncos to select him in the 1st round of the 2010 National Football League (NFL) draft. He was in the NFL the next three seasons, finishing with an 8 – 6 career record, including leading the Broncos to a 2011 playoff upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Following several stints in NCAA Football broadcasting, the Mets signed Tebow to a minor league baseball contract, assigning him to its Low-A affiliate to begin 2017, before promoting him in late June to High-A St. Lucie. Since arriving, he is hitting .318 in 14 games, with 2 home runs & 9 RBI.

Statistics, however, mean little to the legion of Tebow fans. Right after his promotion, the Mets visited the Miracle from Friday, June 30, to Monday, July 3, with the home club easily setting its four-game series attendance record in its 25th anniversary season of 23,823 as well as its single-game mark on July 3 of 9,478 fans. Tebow finished those contests 2-for-7, with 3 walks, one hit-by-pitch, and 3 RBI. He is currently on a 9-game hitting streak, reaching base in all 14 games with the Mets.

Despite his play, the Miracle defeated St. Lucie in 3 of the 4 games, and have now won an amazing 14 of their last 15 home games, to lead the South Division of the Florida State League at 13 – 4, with St. Lucie in last at 5 – 13.

If you missed The Tim Tebow Experience, these games are your final opportunity, as the Mets do not return to Hammond Stadium in 2017. Games are Saturday, July 15 at 6:05 p.m.; Sunday at 4:05 p.m.; and a special morning time on Monday, July 17 at 11:05 a.m. For tickets or related information, see miraclebaseball.com.

 

Gary Mooney