I got caught up in Tebow mania. It was a crazy carnival atmosphere and Tebow did not disappoint. He hit a 2-run RBI single that electrified the crowd.
I put together a video that has pictures as well as video from his first at bat and the 2-run single. You can watch that video HERE.
Before the game:
Lines to get in-long before the gates open-this is the handicapped line.
The concourse is as full as spring Training.
These people only want Tebow’s autograph. (And they were rude.)
You can watch his first at at bat HERE.
EDITED TO ADD:
Here is video of Tebow hitting a 2-run single HERE.
When was the last time you saw the home team PROMOTING a player FROM THE OPPOSING team?
Apparently, Tebow-Mania has created such a frenzy, that the Threshers are promoting an opposing player. Not only that, they are THROWING HIM A 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY!
What in the ever-loving…..
Ok, I have nothing against Tebow. I admire the guy for staying true to himself, his convictions and for chasing his dream. I hope to get his autograph for just those reasons alone. What I don’t get is why my team is using an opposing player for promotion.
Granted, there’s been studies of the “Tebow-effect” on Minor League ball. Wherever he plays, attendance soars. Tampa usually draws around 700-800 a game, Saturday night they had 7,157–almost TEN TIMES normal. May be if the teams advertised like this for all the games, attendance would be higher too. The Threshers have been advertising this on local cable quite a bit, where the rest of the summer I’ve only seen a handful of commercials.
Spectrum Field is speculating that we will have “Spring Training-Like” crowds with at least one night being close to being sold out, if not sold out. Spectrum Field seats around 7,600 and can hold around 10,000 with berm and standing room added.
So we shall see what happens. Stay tuned to my Twitter @BaseballBetsy for updates as they happen tonight as well as pictures and photos of the spectacle.
It is with a heavy heart that I heard that Darren “Dutch” Daulton passed away today at age 55. Daulton, who was inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010, was originally diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013.
He recovered and made a triumphant return to Spring Training in 2015. I was there that day. He had looked like a new man and he strode proudly onto the field while fans called out to him. (You can read my article about that day HERE.)
I will always keep this picture of him in my mind and hope that he rests in peace now that his long fight against cancer is over.