Tim Tebow played in his first official spring training game for the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon and got an unexpected hit in the sixth inning.
The Florida Gators football standout drew a big crowd in the Port St. Luicie, Florida stadium that cheered him when he stepped up to the plate.
Tebow's first Spring Training At Bat
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The former NFL quarterback served as designated hitter for the Mets and batted eighth in the line-up. Unfortunately, the left-handed hitter had to face one of the best pitchers in the MLB — Red Sox Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello.
Tebow struck out on four pitches in his first at-bat against Porcello. He put the ball in play during his second at bat, sending a runner home, but didn’t get the RBI because they’re not recorded in the event of a double-play on defense. He was thrown out at first.
After Porcello exited the mound, Tebow got another chance, when he was plunked on the shoulder by Red Sox pitcher and fellow Florida alum Brian Johnson.
Tebow stepped up to home plate for the third time in the eighth inning and struck out again.
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The former Florida Gator didn’t perform as well as he used to on the football field for his Florida fans. The Mets’ designated hitter went 0-3 at the plate for his spring training debut, but he’s just getting started.