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Mets GM rips minor league team’s trolling of Tim Tebow as ‘minor league’

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson called out a minor league team that mocked and ridiculed Tim Tebow during a game last weekend, fittingly referring to their antics as “minor league.”

In a series between Tebow’s Single-A Columbia Fireflies and the Charleston RiverDogs, a New York Yankees affiliate, Tebow was trolled mercilessly.

The RiverDogs’ mascot wore Tebow’s patented Christian-themed eye black and struck the “Tebowing” pose. “Hallelujah” was played during Tebow’s at-bats and RiverDogs players were tabbed as “Not Tim Tebow” on the video board, among other things.

The RiverDogs’ antics not surprisingly were condemned by the always vocal and passionate Tebow supporters. And now Alderson has slammed the minor league squad for their conduct.

“I guess my comment would be that it was all very minor league,” Alderson said, via Newsday. “We had some of that even before he arrived in the Sally League in spring training. I was a little surprised that halfway through the season that somebody decided to be cute and pursue that. But he’s bigger than that.”

For what it’s worth, RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols issued an apology Tuesday to those who were offended by the team’s antics.

It goes without saying that Tebow’s foray into minor league baseball, fairly or not, has been nothing short of a circus sideshow. It’s hardly surprising a team would go to these kind of lengths when Tebow comes to town.

The RiverDogs’ antics may not be appropriate, but Tebow — a polarizing athlete from his days with the Florida Gators to his NFL career and now in baseball — is accustomed to this kind of attention. And as Alderson mentions, Tebow, batting .224 on the season with the Fireflies, has always demonstrated the capacity to rise above it.