Tim Tebow certainly has the flair for the dramatic.
On the first pitch of his first at-bat with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (yes, that’s the name of the Mets’ Class AA affiliate), the former Heisman Trophy winner smashed a three-run home run on Thursday.
Does that sound familiar?
Around this time last year, in his very first professional at-bat, with Class A Columbia (also known as the Fireflies), Tebow also smashed a home run.
It doesn’t end there.
After the Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal in September 2016, he was assigned to their instructional-league team for his first taste of organized baseball since high school. Guess what happened in that first at-bat (on the first pitch, in fact).
Yes. Tebow homered.
Now the most famous person in minor league baseball, Tebow won the Heisman as the University of Florida’s quarterback in 2007, and won two national football titles during his collegiate career. He had a short career in the N.F.L., playing for the Jets and the Denver Broncos. He attracted both adulation and scorn for his overt Christian faith and for a habit known as “Tebowing,” when he bowed in prayer after a success.
Tebow decided to give baseball a try in 2016, when he was 29. Last year, in his first full season in the Mets’ minor leagues, Tebow hit .226 with eight home runs, 52 R.B.I. and 126 strikeouts in 126 games. He improved as the season progressed and was promoted from Columbia to Class A-Advanced St. Lucie. With that club, he hit a home run in his first game, though not in his first at-bat.