PORT ST. LUCIE — There was a moment, when the competitor took over Tim Tebow. With the Mets rallying in the eighth, their most infamous minor leaguer came to the plate with two runners on. The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback got ahead 3-0 on Brian Holmes and he gave into his instincts.
“Gosh, I was trying to hit a dinger and win it,” Tebow said. “I so wanted to. For me that’s honestly I still have to work on, ‘Oh grit your teeth and go to work.’ I was talking to Jay (Bruce) for a while about it, ‘Breathe Tim, just breathe. be smooth.’ So many little things to work on.”
It looks like Tebow will be working on them on the minor league side from here on out, back where he belongs. Friday, he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, two ground outs and a line out to third. He did not make an error playing in right and left field. He made a running grab of Jake Marisnick’s shallow fly ball in the third inning to thunderous applause.
“The speed of the game is really something he hasn’t seen before,” Terry Collins said. “The other day was his first game, he went back and took live (batting practice) and he saw better at-bats today. He was more rested at the plate, a lot more comfortable.
“I thought he handled himself well in right field, which he’s never played before, a tough a place to play it, with the wind blowing in that direction and the sun in his face,” the Mets manager said. “All things considered I thought he did a nice job.”
Tebow went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts and a hit-by pitch in the two games he played in major league camp.
“I felt like I was seeing the ball really well. I also felt a lot quicker to the ball,” Tebow said. “I think two days ago, I was just excited to take big hacks, so I was quicker to the ball. Felt like I was seeing it well, making good contact, just a little bit.”
The Mets, who were selling his No.15 jersey at Friday’s game, have no plans at this time to bring him back over for more Grapefruit League games.
Tebow, 29, is trying to reinvent himself as a baseball player after quitting the sport 12 years ago. He will likely be assigned to a Class-A team after spring.
Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:45:17 +0000