Former Heisman Trophy winner and current Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow smacked a walk-off home run for the St. Lucie Mets last night, because of course he did
In a year filled with ridiculous storylines for the Mets, perhaps the most insane of them all is currently unfolding in Port St. Lucie. Tim Tebow, former college football star and NFL player, signed with the Mets to pursue his dream of playing baseball last September.
Last night, playing for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets, Tebow came to the plate with the game tied in the bottom of the 7th. Tebow, who always had a flair for the dramatic, lined a walk-off solo home run over the left-field fence to give the St. Lucie Mets a 5-4 win over the Daytona Tortugas, the Single-A affiliate of the Reds.
You can check out Tebow’s game-winning home run in all its glory right here.
Many, myself included, viewed the Mets signing Tebow as a publicity stunt. The team makes some money off of increased minor league revenue, and Tebow gets to pursue his dream, everyone wins.
Tebow’s baseball career got off to a very rocky start. After looking completely overmatched in the Arizona Fall League and in Spring Training, he was assigned to the low Single-A affiliate Columbia Fireflies, where he put up extremely mediocre numbers.
In 64 games as a Firefly, Tebow hit just .220 and whiffed 69 times, but did manage to put up a .311 OBP, which is fairly impressive given his low average. Despite these pedestrian numbers, he was promoted to St. Lucie a few weeks back, where he has actually somehow managed to be… good?
It’s still an extremely small sample size, but in 16 games with St. Lucie against better competition, Tebow is batting .327 and has gone deep three times, including last night’s walk-off. He is currently riding an 11-game hit streak.
There are countless minor leaguers who have solid two-week stretches in Single-A, whose names we never even hear. However, even in an extremely limited sample size, what the 29-year-old former gridiron star is doing is quite impressive.
Should we really be surprised, though? He’s rocking blue and orange and playing in the state Florida, this is where he thrives.