Last night, the Greenville Drive drew a record number of attendees, 7,415, according to a press release from Minor League Baseball (MiLB).
The reason: Tim Tebow mania, or at least that’s the conventional wisdom. Some say that the dollar beers helped, but every Thursday home game, the Drive sell beers for a buck.
The June 15 game marked the season’s final showdown between the Drive and the Columbia Fireflies, who brought Tebow into the fold months ago.
A former Heisman-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators, and long-time abstinence advocate, Tebow currently has a batting average of .228 in 189 at-bats. He has 27 runs, 43 hits, three homers, and 21 RBIs.
Tebow is not the only famous athlete to abandon his chosen sport for baseball. Michael Jordan is perhaps the most well-known career switcher.
In 1994, Jordan temporarily left the National Basketball Association for the baseball minor leagues, joining the Birmingham Barons. Jordan had a batting average of .202 in 436 at-bats, 46 runs, 88 hits, three homers, and 51 RBIs.
Meanwhile, ’80s-era two-sports star Bo Jackson (the Auburn Tigers, L.A. Raiders, and Kansas Royals) had a batting average of .250 in 2,393 at-bats, 341 runs, 598 hits, 141 home runs, and 415 RBIs.
The overall attendance record for a Fluor Field game (7,460) was set this past March in a baseball showdown between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks.