Fans turn out in Tampa for Tebow baseball sighting

By Angie Angers, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, August 11, 2017

The chants started around the second or third inning and got stronger by the eighth. 

  • St. Lucie Mets starts week-long stay in Tampa area
  • Tim Tebow played Thursday in left field in the 8th inning
  • Mets playing Tampa Yankees, then Clearwater Threshers

"We Want Tebow" chants rose from the Steinbrenner Field crowd of about 3,000 people Thursday night. 

The fans finally got a small piece of what they wanted in the eighth inning when Tim Tebow, former University of Florida great, ex-NFL quarterback and still current hero entered the game as a defensive replacement. 

This stop in Tampa comes towards the end of his first full season playing minor league baseball.

“It’s really not that much of a grind if you enjoy what you’re doing every day," Tebow said before Thursday's game. "So I try and have the mindset of remembering why I play the game and how fun it is every day.”

He's batting .254 with five home runs so far this season. The Heisman Trophy-winning UF football player says he's still learning the game of baseball.

“I’m continually changing things too, in my swing, in my rhythm and my timing of things, so sometimes when you’re working on things, you need to take a step back to take a couple of steps forward," he said.

But where Tebow goes, the fans follow. The St. Lucie Mets reported a 50 percent jump in attendance this season. Thursday's game was no exception.  

“I thought the chance to see Tim Tebow would be the best present," said Vivien Keen, who was celebrating her 73rd birthday at Thursday's game.

Tebow will be playing in Tampa until Sunday, then heading over to Clearwater for a four game series against the Threshers. He will be in the Bay Area during his 30th birthday on Monday.