Tim Tebow’s debut

Spring training is under way, and a familiar face made their Major League-level debut.  Tim Tebow was the DH Wednesday and batted in the eight spot for the Mets Grapefruit League team.

The team faced reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox, and like most rookies, Tebow did not fare well against a Cy Young winner.

In his first Major League at-bat, the former NFL Quarterback struck out looking against Porcello, but what did we expect?

The second at-bat was a bit more encouraging for Tebow, when the DH made good contact with the bases loaded.  It ended up being a double play, but it did bring a run home.  The crowd even gave him a standing ovation.

After the game, Boston Red Sox reliever Noe Ramirez said “That’s a little different than what I’m used to, but he got the job done, I guess. He got that runner in”.

At the end of the day, Tebow ended up 0 for 3 at the plate with two strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch.

The former Heisman Trophy winner clearly will start in the minors at an unknown level, but he will get a second chance to impress when he plays for the Mets again Friday against the Houston Astros.

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