The Tim Tebow baseball experiment has notched perhaps its highest moment thus far: A hit against major-league pitching.
Tebow — the 29-year-old former quarterback who is trying to forge a baseball career with the New York Mets — singled Monday afternoon off Miami Marlins pitcher Kyle Lobstein. It’s Tebow’s first hit in three spring training games with the big-league Mets. The Marlins shifted their infield to the right, looking for Tebow to pull the ball, but he hit one through the left side.
Here are a couple looks from the stands and a taste of the reaction:
— GatorsCenter (@GatorsCenter) March 13, 2017
After an 0-8 start in the Grapefruit League, Tim Tebow gets his first hit vs the Marlins today: pic.twitter.com/tGXKPSWnGj
— Paxton Boyd (@paxton) March 13, 2017
Tebow is with the Mets on a minor-league contract, but the Mets have “borrowed” him from the minor-league side in order to give him some spring reps against major-league talent. In his first two games with the Mets last week, Tebow went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.
It’s safe to say that Monday’s game was his best showing yet. Not only did Tebow put some actual numbers in his batting average, he also made a diving catch in left field to steal a hit from Justin Bour. Afterward, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard says he gave Tebow a hug.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 13, 2017
One hit against a pitcher who is on his third team since last season starter probably isn’t going to get Tebow a uniform with the big-league club on opening day, but it’s progress, right?
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