Tim Tebow hit a homerun in his first professional at bat with the NY Mets organization.
Tim Tebow’s first professional baseball game, of sorts, yielded an immediate highlight as the telegenic Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion quarterback hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in a game against a team ofSt. Louis Cardinals farmhands.
Tebow, 29, is likely the oldest player populating instructional league games in Florida, and the 255-pound outfielder did not waste time showing he’d like to advance with some dispatch through the New York Mets system, hammering a pitch just to the left of dead center field in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The home run came on the first pitch off a fellow former Southeastern Conference athlete – John Kilichowski, 22, who was selected in the 11th round of June’s draft out of Vanderbilt. Kilichowski posted a 3.38 ERA in 11 games – nine starts – at rookie level State College (Pa.) and low-A Peoria (Ill.).
Kilichowski was 12 years old when Tebow helped the University of Florida to the first of two national championships in 2006.
Tebow grounded out in his second at-bat.
Tebow received a $100,000 bonus to sign with the Mets, an arrangement that this fall enables him to keep his commitments as an analyst for the ESPN-owned SEC Network. He had not played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005, in Florida.