Te­bow helps St. Lu­cie set at­ten­dance record

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

PORT ST. LU­CIE, FLA. | It’s of­fi­cial: Te­bow­ma­nia is a hit for the St. Lu­cie Mets, and for the Florida State League.

Bol­stered sig­nif­i­cantly by Tim Te­bow’s pres­ence on the ros­ter, the Class A Mets af­fil­i­ate in the FSL has al­ready set a sin­gle­sea­son home at­ten­dance record with about a month left to play. The team record was top­pled on Fri­day night, when 3,399 fans pushed the at­ten­dance for the sea­son to 108,057. Over the Mets’ first 29 sea­sons, the record at­ten­dance mark was 105,379.

St. Lu­cie is see­ing nearly a 50 per­cent jump in av­er­age at­ten­dance per game over last sea­son, and the in­ter­est in Te­bow is clearly a ma­jor fac­tor – one that over­rides the Mets hav­ing the worst record this year in the FSL’s South Di­vi­sion.

And for the first time in four years, the FSL is go­ing to see a rise in at­ten­dance.

The league drew 1,056,800 fans last sea­son, and is on pace to sig­nif­i­cantly top that this sea­son. That would snap a three-year run of FSL at­ten­dance drop­ping from the pre­vi­ous year; the league was down 11 per­cent in 2016.

A look at Te­bow’s week: High­lights: Te­bow’s fifth homer of the year for the Mets back on July 29 was fol­lowed by a 0-for-13 slide that car­ried into this week, end­ing with a fifth-in­ning sin­gle against Tampa on Thurs­day. He had an RBI sin­gle in what be­came St. Lu­cie’s 4-3 win over Tampa on Sat­ur­day.

At the plate: Te­bow bat­ted 3 for 24 (.125) this week — which in­cluded the com­ple­tion of a sus­pended game – with three RBIs and six strike­outs.

On the sea­son: Count­ing his time in Columbia of the South At­lantic League, Te­bow is 81 for 344 (.235) with eight home runs, 46 RBIs, 35 walks and 101 strike­outs. In 38 games with St. Lu­cie, he’s hit­ting .262 (34 for 130) with five home runs and 23 RBIs. Te­bow still has only two er­rors with St. Lu­cie. He had seven with Columbia.

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