Tim Tebow signs autographs with fans before the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox spring training game at First Data Field in Pt. St. Lucie on March 8. Tebow, who was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets in June, will play at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter during the Mets’ four-game series against the Jupiter Hammerheads that begins Friday. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Tebow-mania is coming to Jupiter.
The St. Lucie Mets come to Palm Beach County for a four-game weekend series against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium starting Friday, and they’re bringing the world’s most famous minor league baseball player — 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida Gators star quarterback Tim Tebow — with them.
“Tebow is an idol,” said Leslie Arsenault Metz, co-President of the Palm Beach County Gator Club. “He was a great graduate of the University of Florida. He stands for everything that you would want a university to stand for: He’s successful and even though he’s successful, he’s still charitable and he’s so generous.”
The Palm Beach County Gator Club organized an event with Roger Dean Stadium, allowing Gators fans (or anyone interested) to purchase tickets with the promotional code “Gators.” For each ticket purchased, five dollars goes to the Gator Club’s scholarship fund.
“All the events that we put on for the community — for Gator alumni and supporters for the Gator community — any of the profits that we get goes toward our scholarship fund,” Metz said.
Gators Club member Brittny Perez organized the event, and the club’s Facebook page had 76 people listed as “going” and another 226 listed as “interested” on Thursday afternoon.
“We always support any UF alumni,” Perez said. “But having Tim Tebow down in South Florida is always a fun little perk, something to go check out.”
However, Gators fans hoping to arrive early to c atch Tebow hitting batting-practice fastballs over the wall or score an autograph may be out of luck. The Mets will take batting practice each day in Port St. Lucie before traveling to Jupiter, and there will not be a formal autograph session, a St. Lucie Mets spokesman told the Post.
Fans hoping to get to get a glimpse of Tebow should make an effort to get to Roger Dean Stadium early. Tebow has been drawing larger-than-average crowds since he was called up.
The Mets had a listed attendance of 6,974 for their July 4th game, compared to an average of 4,746 the last three years they hosted a July 4th game. Since Tebow’s first game with the Mets on June 28, the Mets have had an average of 4,776 fans attend each day they have played.
Roger Dean Stadium General Manager Mike Bauer said he expects 2,500 people to attend Friday’s game, about 2,000 on Saturday and 1,000 each on Sunday and Monday. Roger Dean Stadiumgates open one hour before each game begins.
Bauer did say there would be additional accommodations made for Tebow.“We’ve been asked to provide an officer that basically will tail him for […]