Tim Tebow is reportedly set to start for the New York Mets in their spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
The former NFL quarterback will start at designated hitter for the Mets and face off against American League Cy Young award-winning pitcher Rick Porcello, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The 29-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September. Fourteen of the New York team’s players are participating in the World Baseball classic, leading to Tebow’s first opportunity to start for the major league club.
Tebow was a standout football and baseball player before going on to play football for the University of Florida where he became a Heisman Trophy-winner and two-time National Champion. He went on to play several seasons in the NFL, but didn’t end up being the right fit for the teams that took a chance on him.
Many baseball fans and analysts have doubted the former quarterback’s abilities, but he will have a prime opportunity to prove them wrong on Wednesday when he faces off against one of the best pitchers in the MLB.