Tebow Falls Short in Spring Training Debut
Tim Tebow was back in the state that made him famous, albeit on a different field of play. The Heisman trophy winner is now trying his hand at baseball, but his efforts Wednesday did not bring fans to their feet. The former Florida Gator superstar batted 8th for the New York Mets in a spring training game against the Red Sox. Looking out of his element, Tebow went without a hit in three at bats.
The spring training debut for Tebow showed how far he still has to go. The former NFL quarterback was caught looking in his first plate appearance and was punched out by reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Things would only get worse.
Tebow grounded into a double play and struck out looking in his other at bats. This poor performance puts another blemish on his baseball redemption tour. He was not a factor in the Mets 8-7 win. Before being added to this year’s spring training squad, Tebow batted a paltry .194 for the Mets Arizona fall league team after being signed to a minor league deal last year.
“What he’s attempting to do, not a lot of guys would even try. I salute the fact that he’s giving it his best. You see his hands are all taped up, blisters from swinging. He means business,” said his manager, Terry Collins.
The 29-year-old will get another shot this week at trying to impress his coaches and achieving his baseball dream. He is expected to play on Friday as the Mets divide their squad for games against the Astros and Braves.