LOS ANGELES — The Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, caused a stir last weekend for repeated digs aimed at Mets’ minor leaguer Tim Tebow.
The gags over a three-game series included playing the infamous video of Tebow in tears, shortly after losing to Alabama in the 2009 SEC title game during his days as a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida.
“I guess my comment would be that it was all very minor league,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.
With Tebow and Class-A Columbia in town, the RiverDogs mascot wore eye black adorned with “John 3:16,” just as Tebow had at Florida. The mascot also was spotted “Tebowing.” And every time Tebow came to bat, the stadium loudspeakers pumped the Hallelujah Chorus.
On Tuesday, Charleston general manager Dave Echols issued an apology, The Associated Press reported. Tebow, 29, is hitting .224 in his first 60 games of full-season minor league baseball.
“We had some of that even before he arrived in the Sally League in spring training,” Alderson said. “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.”
Soft-tossing righthander Tyler Pill has been summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas to make a spot start on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Pill, 27, made his big league debut earlier this season. In his first stint in the majors, he went 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in four appearances, which included a pair of spot starts . . . Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) went 2-4 with two singles, one RBI and one run scored tonight while playing 7.0 innings at shortstop for St. Lucie (A) at Daytona. He could rejoin the Mets on Friday . . . Second baseman Gavin Cecchini started for the second consecutive day. His first big league start came on Monday night, when he homered off Clayton Kershaw.