Without a career in the NFL, Tim Tebow moved to MLB and had his first homerun in his first at-bat in his professional baseball career. Tebow, who was signed by the New York Mets this season, made the homer in the instructional league only but it’s a good start for his new adventure.
“It feels good to hit a home run,” Tebow said via USA Today. “First game you’re competing you wanna win. You’re with all your teammates.
“It was fun. I just wanted to have the approach that I was going to be aggressive. That’s something that we’ve been talking about here every day and practicing it,” Tebow added in the article.
“I liked a lot of my at-bats today. I hit the ball really hard four out of the six times. … Four of the at-bats I felt really, really good about. Didn’t swing at any breaking balls, didn’t feel like I got fooled seeing it out of the (pitcher’s) hand.”
The pitcher who threw in Tebow’s first professional home run is John Kilichowski, who was sport about being on the shorter end of the exchange.
While it’s just the first game, if Tebow plays well in his next few appearances in the minor leagues, he might be elevated soon to the New York Mets roster, according to rumors.
Tebow signed a short-term $100,000 deal with the Mets this season. It’s seen as just a gimmick for the franchise and a way to sell Mets jerseys and merchandise, according to MLB rumors.
The Mets are 85-74 this season and are likely to make the MLB postseason as a wildcard. It’s not known if Tim Tebow will be elevated to the regular roster or will stay in the minors this season.
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