Tebow Homers on First Pitch of First At-Bat in First Instructional League Game
Via USA Today:
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 of St. 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.
I know I often use this phrase sarcastically in posts, but this could sincerely be the feel-good story of the day. Tebow is a great guy; it would be nice to see his athletic career continue in some fashion. While many think there was some sort of anti-Christian bias/conspiracy that derailed his NFL career, that's just not the case. He was a brilliant running college QB who never really had an NFL arm. Were he 3 inches taller, he would probably have been converted to tight end and still be playing professional football.