P.J. Paras 
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Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

A lot more than what is reported in your story. I posted the following on my own FB page regarding the incident:

My family and I have been going to Charleston RiverDogs games for ten years now. We moved to Summerville in 2006, started going to games the next Spring.

Both of my daughters have grown up at The Joe. Our Charlie T. Riverdogs mascot hat is always a hit (they haven't sold this hat in years so we always get comments). We always buy lots of (boiled) peanuts and cracker jacks... and we root (root, root) for our home team.

Face painter Susan Fedor has probably paid for a vacay with the amount of money we've spent on paintings and balloons over the years.

So it was with the usual fervor that I arrived at The Joe last Friday. Tebow was the cherry on top because I am a Gator. Fans were lined up waiting to get a glimpse of him. Kids stood watching pregame warm ups, baseballs in their little hands, hoping for an autograph and / or a pic with him.

Then the game started.

At first I, like everyone else, laughed at the shenanigans. The Columbia Fireflies players were all dubbed "Not Tim Tebow" on the Jumbotron. HALLELUJAH played loudly when Tebow went to bat. (The church version, not the Panic! At The Disco version!)

But then they kept it up.

On and on, they kept pushing the line. The other players for the Fireflies were basically made fun of for being nameless nobodies living in the shadow of the second coming of Christ. Seriously.

The NAME THE FIREFLIES game was ridiculous. They plucked a young lady wearing a #TeamTebow shirt from the stands and stood her atop the Fireflies dugout. They offered her a dollar for every one of their team members she could name.

She named one. Guess who it was. This was followed by much guffawing from the announcers.

And this wasn't the only game played to mocked the 'nameless' members of the 'Columbia Tim Tebows' team. Yeah, the Charleston announcer called them that.

Charlie T. Riverdog mocked the 'Tebowing' fad and donned eye black.

The antics quickly crossed the line from good-natured ribbing to out-right bullying of a man (and his teammates) that brought in the Riverdogs' largest crowds (and biggest paychecks) of the season.

We try to teach kids to be fair and have good sportsmanship. But the kids in attendance this weekend saw something else. Anna even asked me why they were 'picking on' Tim Tebow so much.

The Post and Courier's Jeff Hartsell tweeted the following Sunday: "6,557 out to see Tim Tebow and @ColaFireflies v. RiverDogs, bringing 3-game total to 21,145. 3 biggest crowds of season for @ChasRiverDogs"

The Riverdogs were selling standing-room-only spots. They had Tebow Fireflies shirts for sale in the crowded gift shop. Beer, peanuts, and nachos were going like mad. Money was being exchanged hand over fist.

And yet they still bullied Tebow. And his team.

As a longtime Lowcountry resident and Riverdogs fan, I was embarrassed. I left The Joe Friday night completely disgusted, having witnessed a low I would have expected from the Greenville Drive, but not from *my* team. I vowed not to go back.

So to Tim Tebow, his teammates, coaches, and trainers, and to visiting Fireflies fans: I am deeply sorry. That is not how we treat people in Charleston. That is not who we are.

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Posted by P.J. Paras on June 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM

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