The legend of Tim Tebow is alive and well and growing by the day.
During his first game with the South Atlantic League Columbia Fireflies, the former NFL quarterback and Florida Gators great hit a towering home run in his very first at-bat.
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) April 7, 2017
USA Today reports “Tim Tebow hits two-run homer in first minor league at-bat”:
Tim Tebow’s minor league baseball career couldn’t have started in more magical fashion.
In his first at-bat for the Class A Columbia Fireflies, the former Heisman Trophy winner drove a 2-1 pitch from Augusta GreenJackets lefty Domenic Mazza off and over the fence in left field for a two-run home run, sending a capacity crowd at Spirit Communications Park into a disbelieving frenzy.
The shot came in the bottom of the second inning of Tebow’s first game with the New York Mets’ low-A affiliate, and came on the heels of a spring training performance during which he struggled in Grapefruit League exhibitions against major league clubs, getting just four hits in 27 at-bats (a .148 average).
It appears he’ll like lower minor league pitching a little better.
Tebow stopped momentarily at second base before an umpire motioned that it was a home run. He did a giddy-hop and pumped his arms, before completing the trip around the bases.
There has always been something about Tebow that isn’t quantifiable by actual stats. During his tenure as the starting quarterback with the Denver Broncos his numbers were often dismal but all he did was win by delivering clutch plays at key times.
If the first game is any indication then Columbia fans are in for a treat this season.
Tebow finished 1 of 5 on the day but that first one was a doozy.