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When the New York Mets signed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to their minor league team, no one expected much. He hasn’t played competitive baseball since his junior year of high school and after a failed football career, skeptics just thought he wanted another 15 minutes of fame.
He proved everyone wrong when he stepped up for his first at bat on Wednesday (Sept. 28). As second in the lineup, Tebow hit a solo home run for his first professional at bat.
The crowd went wild as Tebow began running the bases. When he touched home plate, his new team was waiting to congratulate him.
After that hit, the Heisman Trophy winner can now add a .1000 starting batting average to his list of accolades.
Tebow gained fame in the NFL when he was criticized for bowing in prayer following his successes. It seemed the teams did not want the media firestorm that came with signing Tebow, so his football career was shorter than he would have hoped.
At 29-years-old, Tebow shifted his focus to baseball and even held an open workout for scouts to attend. The Mets saw something in him, and based off his first game, they were right.
He shared a photo following the game with the caption, “Fun day!”
Watch the home run below.
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