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Timmy Claus is coming to town

Coming soon: Tim Tebow will hit Tampa Bay in August.

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Coming soon: Tim Tebow will hit Tampa Bay in August.



The circus is coming to town.

Well, close enough.

Timmy the Tebow is coming to Tampa Bay.

It’s true. At least it could be. St. Timothy has been promoted by the New York Mets to high Class-A Port St. Lucie. If he stays promoted, Tebow should be in Tampa Bay for eight games beginning August 10 – four games at the Tampa Yankees followed by four games at the Clearwater Threshers.

Tebow Week.

It’s like Shark Week, except with smaller teeth.

What a show it will be. George Steinbrenner would be proud of the spectacle that will unfoeld at the field named for him.

People everywhere. Media everywhere. Dogs sitting with cats.

It’s going to be something.

It might seem like a lot of fuss for a guy hitting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs and low A ball, but there will be a lot of fuss  and a lot of fun.

Tebow is coming to town. Yeah, the Rays will be in town, too. And the Bucs will be in training camp and on Hard Knocks. It still won’t compare to Tebow base knocks. There is also a report that while in town Tebow will heal the sick, or at least place hands on Roberto Aguayo. But we’re not sure yet. But wouldn’t it be something if Tebow swings by Bucs camp? Jameis and Tebow, photo opp. Count on it.

Remember when Michael Jordan came to play baseball in Sarasota, his every move watched and overanalyzed? Now add social media, Instagram, phone cameras and the fact that this is the state where Tebow made his legend.

He never played football in Tampa Bay for the University of Florida. A chance to see Tebow in a uniform and in the flesh right in our own backyard.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, start your replica jerseys.

Okay, it’s still minor league baseball. But this beats postgame fireworks and cash drops and bottle races.

Is the 29-year-old Tebow ever going to play in the major leagues?

Absolutely not.

Do we admire his passion and peresverance?

Absolutely yes.

People will lean over railings in the hopes of getting close to Tebow. They will bring their Tebow memories and Tebow stories.

And for the first time in recorded history, someone will walk into a Tampa hotel lobby and ask, “Excuse, me, are the St. Lucie Mets staying here?”

If you want to jump the gun, you can go to any number of ballparks in the Florida State League to see Tebow before he reaches Tampa. He’s at Fort Myers at the beginning of July. Tebow and St. Lucie will play at the Rays’ Charlotte Stone Crabs in late July, just as Bucs camp opens.

Opens, schm-opens.

It’s Tebow time.

The only thing that could mess this up is Tebow getting demoted back to low A or promoted to Double AA – or injured.

The Rays will be playing the Indians at Tropicana Field on the Thursday, Aug. 10. The next night, the Bucs will open their preseason with a game at Cincinnati.

Let me know how those games turn out. I’ll be at Steinbrenner Field, talking to parents in Florida T-shirts about why they named their child Timothy. And don’t think some of them won’t be there.

[Last modified: Monday, June 26, 2017 1:30pm]


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