Tim Tebow always knew how to shush the haters during his football career. Now a baseball player, he continues to prove people wrong. Tebow hit a two-run homer in his opening debut for the Mets’ Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies against the Augusta Greenjackets on Thursday.
Tebow, who turns 30 this summer, announced last year that he was preparing to pursue a career in baseball after many NFL teams gave up on his ability. One person who never gave up on Tebow was himself. He made the decision to pick up the sport he hasn’t played competitively since high school. The Mets signed him to their minor league team after spring training.
At his first time at-bat for the Fireflies, the left handed Tebow homered off Augusta’s Domenic Mazza. Tebow ran to second and hesitated; he thought he hit a double. The umpire motioned him to keep going, and Tebow circled the bases, clapping his hands along with the fans at Spirit Communications Park. Over 8,000 people were in attendance Thursday, cheering Tebow on. The Carolina fans, who once rooted against him while he was a Florida Gator, chanted “Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!” as he scored his homerun.
The rest of the game wasn’t as marvelous, as Tebow finished 1 for 5 with two RBI and striking out in his final 3 times at bat. What does Tebow’s MLB future hold? Only time will tell with this one.
The Fireflies’ finished the game 14-7 on top of the Augusta GreenJackets. The Fireflies battle the GreenJackets once again tonight at 7:05 pm on MiLB.TV.