It’s unknown whether star quarterback Tim Tebow caught it, but on Friday the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres -- the Lake Elsinore Storm -- set a record by amassing the greatest number of people “Tebowing” during a postgame testimonial at The Diamond Stadium.
On July 13, the Storm had over 500 fans along the outfield grass “Tebowing” in prayer just as Tim himself has done after Broncos’ team victories. According to Lake Elsinore Storm officials, the turnout was a record.
The ode to Tebow came after the Storm scored three runs in the eighth in a comeback 4-1 victory over the High Desert Mavericks.
The record-breaking blessed event was an undertaking. : “The would like to be the first team to officially offer the Denver Broncos a trade for Tim Tebow.”
"We're not sure about Tim's baseball past," said Storm Vice President/General Manager Chris Jones, "but we are sure he could bring some of that Tebow magic to Lake Elsinore and would be a great addition to our ballclub."
The Storm’s holy-cow offer came with crazy minor league baseball sweeteners.
“We would like to offer the Broncos the Rally Cop as well as the Grounds Crew Gorilla, in exchange for Tebow," said Storm management.
The Storm was also willing to rename its hometown venue “Elway Stadium” if Tebow signed.
Of course the star quarterback didn’t take the offer and instead was traded to the New York Jets, one of the least Evangelical-friendly markets in the United States, according to columnist Jacques Berlinerblau.
But the July 13 event at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore goes to show that minor league baseball has more humor than the National Football League. Friday’s publicity stunt was part of the 8th annual Night of Fellowship, which treated fans to a night of baseball, faith and fireworks.