Tim Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets will make an eight-game swing through Tampa Bay beginning Aug. 10-17. The former Florida Gators star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner will play four games at the Tampa Yankees followed by four at the Clearwater Threshers. We'll be there every step of the way, so follow our live blog for updates, photos, video and more throughout the week.
Tampa Bay TimesCLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Tampa Bay TimesCLEARWATER — His fans have come out in droves during Tim Tebow Week in Tampa Bay, more than doubling the average in Clearwater and Tampa Bay. And they've come adorned with jerseys commemorating the many phases of Tebow's athletic career — including at least one phase that happened only in a fan's mind.
Tampa Bay TimesCLEARWATER — It was about three weeks ago. A Saturday night. I sat behind home plate at a Charlotte Stone Crabs game at Charlotte Sports Park. There was a professional baseball scout sitting just behind me with a speed gun in his hand. He had seen the whole thing.
Tampa Bay TimesCLEARWATER — Tim Tebow's effect on attendance in the Florida State League has been well-chronicled. Whether at home or on the road, the St. Lucie Mets have drawn scores of spectators hoping to see the Heisman Trophy winner play baseball.
Tampa Bay TimesThere is a statue of him in front of the football stadium in Gainesville, next to fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel. And there on a plaque are the words he spoke, a promise he made nine years ago.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — Before he was a top Mets prospect, before he was an All-SEC baseball player for Florida, before he was a star at Jesuit and Plant, Peter Alonso was just a devastated Ohio State fan.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — Tim Tebow the baseball player has had some ups and downs. His 2017 season has featured hot streaks and slumps, highlights and lowlights, leaving talent evaluators unsure about his future.
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