Not many people thought Tim Tebow would ever get to this point. Headlines of criticism followed his announcement about pursuing professional baseball. While some doubted his abilities, others thought he wouldn’t put in the work. The former NFL QB has come a long way since then, paving a path for himself in the Minors.
Tebow was assigned to the Columbia Fireflies back in March. In the Fireflies opening game against the Augusta GreenJackets, Tebow managed to hit a home run in his very first at-bat, giving his team a 6-0 lead.
However, the criticism still persisted — beginner’s luck maybe. Tebow was only hitting .156 in the beginning of his minor league career, not exactly a promising sign. But, recently he’s been on a hot streak, raising his average to .244.
Last week, Tebow went 3-for-4 with his first triple in a 5-0 victory over the Asheville Tourists.
His consistency is improving, but he’s only played 24 games. According to John Katz, President of the Columbia Fireflies, a promotion may not be in the cards just yet.
“The Mets have a long-term plan,” Katz said. “This has been a great stretch for him and the Fireflies. We want to see the players be successful, and it is fun to see these guys progress. And when the time is right for Tim, when he is ready, he will move up and, hopefully, he will be successful. I just couldn’t put a timetable on when that will be.”
One thing is for sure. Tebow’s popularity cannot be ignored in the Minors; fans are in a frenzy to see the outfielder in action.
According to Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press, “The Hickory Crawdads sold out four games with the Fireflies, its total of 17,500 for the series surpassing the 15,900 they drew their first eight games.”