Tim Tebow seems to be just about everywhere these days. The NFL quarterback is now a minor league baseball player for the Mets’ Double AA team, the Rumbles Ponies. They are based out of Binghamton, and yes, that is their real name.
When Tebow walked up to bat, he slammed a home run on the first pitch. With two other players on base, his hit brought in three runs for the Rumbles Ponies.
First pitch and it’s GONE! @TimTebow goes deep in his first Double-AA at bat!
— Rumble Ponies (@RumblePoniesBB) April 5, 2018
Here is another angle:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 5, 2018
This is not the first time Tebow hit a home run in his first game for a new team.
Last year, Tebow played for the Columbia Fireflies, a Class A team, New York Mets affiliate. During the first game, he walked up to bat and hit a home run on the first pitch.
“After the Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal in September 2016, he was assigned to their instructional-league team for his first taste of organized baseball since high school. Guess what happened in that first at-bat (on the first pitch, in fact),” the New York Times stated.
In 2016, when the Mets first signed Tebow, he quickly became a fan favorite. This is nothing new, as he has always drawn an audience. In college, he was famous for winning Heisman trophy as well as two National Championships. In 2011, he moved to the NFL and helped bring the Broncos to the playoffs.
Tebow’s star-power has always drawn large numbers of fans, from his time in high school to his years at the University of Florida.
Last year, while playing on the Columbia Fireflies, Tebow ended the season with 8 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 126 strikeouts. The Mets then invited him to their major league camp.
The New York Times reported on his movement along the franchise:
With a swing he had changed in the off-season, Tebow notched just one hit in 18 at-bats. He was slowed by an ankle sprain he sustained in late February when he tripped on a sprinkler head in the outfield at the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
But earlier in spring training, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson praised Tebow’s work ethic, power and positive influence on teammates — as well as on minor league baseball overall, by bringing in more fans. Alderson even admitted that the nature of the Tebow experiment had changed.
“I expect Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues one day,” Alderson said in mid-February.
No one knows whether Tebow will move to the major leagues, but with his record, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise, and you bet his fans would be ecstatic.