Just when you thought it was a fluke, Tim Tebow does it again.
The 29-year-old hit a three run homer for the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate the Columbia Fireflies on Sunday against the Augusta GreenJackets. That was his second home run of the season, hitting a two-run home run in his first plate appearance for the Fireflies on Thursday.
Even playing a different sport can’t get Tebow away from the naysayers. Tebow was known for the clutch, last second, overtime throw to win the game during his football career. What people doubted was his ability to continuality produce these plays. Now a baseball player, the former Heisman Trophy winner is faced with similar criticism. The question now isn’t whether Tebow can hit the ball, it’s whether Tebow can consistently hit the ball. His goal is to make it to the majors, but with only a few clutch plays to his name, can he do it?
The rest of Sunday’s game wasn’t as excited as the homer, as Tebow went 1 for 3 with 1 strike out in the Fireflies 6-0 win. In his first series of his baseball career, Tebow averaged .231, with 5 RBI and 2 home runs. According to ESPN, Tebow is only one home run away from matching Michael Jordan’s baseball career statistics. Michael Jordan played 127 games for the Class AA Birmingham Barons in 1994.
Tebow seems to be positively impacting Columbia on as well as off the field. The Washington Post reported that the Fireflies, who are 4-0 on the season, is averaging around 6,500 fans per game. Last season, Spirit Communications Park averaged 3,785 fans for 69 home games.
The Fireflies continue their season with three straight home games against the Hickory Crawdads starting Monday night at 7:05 pm.