Tim Tebow Hits Home Run in First Minor League At-Bat


Tim Tebow after hitting a two-run home run against the Augusta GreenJackets in his first at-bat Thursday night.

Sean Rayford/Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In the hours before his inaugural game for the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ Class A affiliate, Tim Tebow prepared like any other player — taking his first swings, signing autographs and singing the national anthem — but there was nothing ordinary about his first at-bat.

With roughly 10,000 sets of eyes zeroed in on him, Tebow strode to the plate for the first time and sent a line drive over the left-field wall for a two-run homer that — at least for a moment — silenced critics who had complained that his foray into baseball was a publicity stunt.

Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, may never make it farther up the minor league ladder, but he and his fans have a memory to savor.

Facing the Augusta GreenJackets’ left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza, the…

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