Day 2 of New York Mets Instructional League still draws big crowd thanks to Tim Tebow

Posted at 4:37 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 18:29:27-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.--Tim Tebow continued to attract a crowd during day two of instructional league at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday.

“I’m very excited that he's in our backyard and he's hopefully going to be a Mets player and we can come watch him all the time,” said Michelle Guercio.

The Treasure Coast resident visited Tradition Field on Tuesday afternoon to get a glimpse of Tebow as he greeted fans.

"I'm a fan because he's philanthropic, I'm a fan because he's done so much for children, I'm a fan because he speaks around the world and has opened hospitals and I just think he's an amazing person,” Guercio said.

Gabriel Lopez drove up from Miami to see the former Florida Gator. Lopez went to the University of Florida at the same time Tebow was in college and said he ran into him often while on campus.

"The few times I've met him, he's just been real friendly, kind. He speaks to you. He’s just a cool guy,” Lopez said.

According to the New York Mets staff, at least 250 people came to Tradition Field on Tuesday. That’s half the amount of people that visited on Monday during the first day of instructional league.

Instructional league practices last for three weeks and are open to the public throughout that time.

It is a rare sight to see so many fans during this type of practice, but Tebow fans say it’s all because of him.

"It's not surprising that there's hundreds of people that want to see him at a practice league that wouldn't normally get any attention. He's definitely a talented athlete, but for the most part, his reputation is what got him all this attention,” Lopez said.

Those living in Port St. Lucie should also be on the lookout for Tebow.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Tebow said, "I'll be out and about. You still have to life your life. I think it's a great place so far."

He even ran into a few fans on Monday night.

"Some people saw me at Target last night, getting some supplies,” Tebow said.