Former Firefly Tim Tebow has joined the St. Lucie Mets. He met his new team earlier today. Now that he has left Columbia, what kind of effect did he have on the franchise?
In his final game over 8300 fans came out to Spirit Communications Park on Sunday. With that number Columbia set a new franchise record in total attendance with over 207,000 fans coming out to watch the Fireflies. You can add to that with the sellouts for Columbia's road games as well.
Team president John Katz breaks down the kind of impact he thinks Tebow had on his ball club.
"It's been fantastic. We've had the benefit both at home and on the road to play in front of large crowds. That is a nice luxury for guys like Tim, like Gene Cone, like Michael Paez, all the guys who are going to continue to move up that chain that they're going to be playing in front of 40,000 people a night when they get to the big leagues," Katz said.
It's apparent that Tebow has a following and his fans come out in large numbers to support which in turn is helping his teammates.
"To be able to go into places like Augusta and Hagerstown and play in front of 5 or 6,000 people, we're averaging 5,000 a night here in Columbia. It's been great for all 25 of these guys this year," Katz added.
The Fireflies are getting used to life without Tebow this week as they take on the Lexington Legends on the road for a four game series.