Tim Tebow might have this baseball thing figured out after all.
After bouncing around the NFL and not being able to find a starting (or a backup) job, Tebow picked up his bat and glove and tried out for the majors, getting a minor-league contract from the New York Mets. And while the old fogeys in the sports pages think it’s unlikely that Tebow will ever see The Show, he’s making quite the impression on his new teammates in the Mets’ minor league system.
And while Tebow may just be in the farm league, we here at Men’s Fitness recognize his status as a once-in-a-generation athlete—the guy who seems to always shine in clutch moments, the All-American who draws crowds wherever he goes, the Heisman Trophy winner with an eponymous touchdown celebration. So we’ve decided to track every single one of his homers in the 2017 season.
Tebow home run #7:
Tebow launched his fifth home run since being promoted the St. Lucie Mets, and he keeps proving that he’s not just a big name being used to sell minor league tickets (although he’s been helping the Mets attendance quite a bit). Tebow launched this home run over the left-center field wall, helping the Mets win 10-3 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Here’s the jack:
Here it is. Tim Tebow smacks his 5th HR since joining the St. Lucie Mets! pic.twitter.com/JkTJCOjUiG
— Bryan Levine (@Bryan_Levine) July 30, 2017
Tebow home run #6:
Tim Tebow keeps putting on a show for all the minor league fans coming out to see him. Since being promoted to Class A-Advanced, Tebow has been hitting up a storm. In 25 games since coming up, Tebow is hitting for a .317 batting average with four doubles, one triple, four homers and 15 RBI. His most recent home run came against the Florida Fire Frogs, during which Tebow went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run. Here it is:
— Mark Mitchell (@MarkPMitchell) July 23, 2017
Tebow home run #5:
Tim Tebow is a hero to these minor-league fans. The former NFL player continued to show off his baseball skills for the Class A St. Lucie Mets, hitting a walk-off, game-winning home run against the Daytona Tortugas. Tebow smacked a 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence and rounded the bases before getting congratulated by his teammates.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 14, 2017
Tebow home run #4:
Tebow was promoted by the Mets from Columbia in Class A to High-A Port St. Lucie—and he made an impression right away. In his first game with the team Tebow went yard, giving him his fourth home run of the year and pushing him past another famous minor leaguer, Michael Jordan, who had three home runs in his minor league career.
Here’s a look at the home run:
— John Evenson (@WPB_Evenson) June 28, 2017
Tebow home run #3:
After a 31-game drought, Tebow got back in the groove with an opposite field shot against the against the West Virginia Power on May 21:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 22, 2017
Rodger Sherman of The Ringer was ready with a comparison after Tebow hit his third dinger:
Wow… I never thought I'd see the day the greatest of all time got caught. Congratulations to Tim Tebow 🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/3hwz34uGpv
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) May 21, 2017
Tebow home run #2:
In the Fireflies’ third game of the season, Tebow launched another home run—a three-run shot to help fuel a 6-0 victory over the Augusta Greenjackets on April 9:
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) April 9, 2017
Tebow home run #1:
In his first at-bat of the minor-league season, Tebow launched a two-run homer:
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 7, 2017
If Tebow keeps making plays like this for the Mets, he may find himself promoted a level or two by the end of the season. We can dream, right?
In the meantime, if you want to boost your home run swing and defensive skills with a workout, try these options from Men’s Fitness and see results: