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Tebow Attracts Record Crowd at Osceola Heritage Park


By: Tommy Billiteri

Former Heisman Trophy quarterback for the Florida Gators, Tim Tebow, was in town this weekend for a four-game series against the Florida Fire Frogs.

The first game was on Friday, and there was quite a circus at the ballpark almost entirely due to ‘Tebow-Mania.’ Friday’s crowd broke the Fire Frogs’ record for single game attendance, with close to 5,000 people.

A large majority of that crowd was Florida Gator fans, who were thrilled to see their beloved Tim Tebow live and in person.

The overwhelming support from the Florida fans does not go unnoticed by Tebow.

“Gator nation represents really well, all the time and everywhere. I am always proud and happy to see Gator fans,” Tebow said.

Tebow’s first showing in Kissimmee as a baseball player did not go as well as he would have liked. He was 0-3 with two strikeouts in the series opener.

He rested on Saturday, and was ruled as a healthy scratch. And it seems as though that strategy worked as Tebow went 2-4 with a double and a home run in Sunday’s game.

Sunday would appear to be the lone statistical bright spot in Tebow’s weekend, but he still utilizes every moment of his journey to inspire and be a role model for others.

“What young people can take from [my journey] is: don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t let fear cripple you from going after what you want to do,” Tebow said.

Amidst the circus that always surrounds ‘Tebow-Mania,’ there was actually some good, entertaining baseball games this weekend at Osceola Heritage Park. The Fire Frogs and the Mets split the series two games apiece.

Moving forward, Tebow will look to improve more with every at bat. The outfielder is currently batting a team-best .310. If he can continue that he might soon have a new destination with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the AA.