Tebow promoted; Legends say his presence had big impact on attendance

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was scheduled to make his second appearance in Lexington this week when the Columbia Fireflies visit the Lexington Legends for a four-game series.

Instead, Tebow will not be in attendance after the Mets announced Sunday that Tebow had been promoted within their organization to Class A-Advanced St. Lucie.

Andy Shea, The President/CEO Lexington Legends, says the last time Tebow was in town, he did a pretty good job of keeping the seats at Whitaker Bank Ballpark full.

"When Tebow was here over Memorial Day weekend, the crowds were just thriving," Shea said. "People came in from about five or six different states, from all over the state of Kentucky."

The organization was expecting a big turnout once again this week when the Columbia Fireflies come to town.

Shea says the words "potentially," "probably," and "hopefully" were used by the Legends team to promote a Tebow package for this week's games against the Fireflies, knowing Tebow wasn't guaranteed to make it. While the company has a "no refunds or exchange" policy, they will make an exception for the handful of people who bought a specific Tim Tebow package. The Legends will offer the chance to swap tickets for other upcoming games or get a traditional refund.

"I think for the most part people understand that this is minor league baseball. This is professional sports," Shea said.

There is a ticket exchange marketplace on the Legends' website.

In 63 games with Columbia, Tebow was hitting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

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