Tim Tebow may have gone 0-for-3 at the plate in his Arizona Fall League debut Tuesday, but he was apparently the hero of the day in the stands. The former NFL quarterback who is trying to make it as a Mets minor leaguer, leaned into the stands and tended to a fan who was having a seizure according to social media reports at the game.
According to Kari van Horn, who is ABC15’s digital video beat journalist, Tebow was signing autographs when a man had a seizure. She said Tebow leaned over the short fence and into the stands, “puts hand on him and says a prayer. Man breathes. WOW.”
Van Horn said she had video of the incident.
A picture by Twitter user @ByrnesC10 shows Tebow reaching out to touch the man on the ground. He later tweeted. “Tim Tebow an amazing individual. Tends to a man who had a seizure”
Tebow went 0-for-3 with three groundouts in his first Arizona Fall League game Tuesday. The former NFL quarterback played five innings in left field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, a team that features top prospects from both the Mets and Yankees and is managed by Mets first-base coach Tom Goodwin. The Scorpions won their first game of the season, beating the Glendale Desert Dogs 9-6 on the road.
Tebow, who the Mets signed in September, advanced a runner to third with his groundout to second base in the second inning, which was a two-run inning for the Scorpions. Hitting seventh in the lineup, Tebow grounded out to first base in the third inning and grounded out softly to the catcher in the sixth.
In the field, he saw a few balls, including one that had him run into the outfield fence in the fifth inning that did not seem to shake him up, according to reports from the ballpark. He was replaced in left field in the bottom of the sixth.
The 29-year old hit .286 in three games in Instructional League in September, playing against mostly 18 to 23-year old prospects. The AFL is a significant jump in talent level for Tebow. Just Tuesday, he faced Austin Voth in his his first at-bat. Voth is a right-hander who went 7-9 with a 3.15 ERA for the Nationals Triple-A club in Syracuse this season.
He also grounded out to first against Rogelio Armentero, a Cuban who had a 3.86 ERA moving up through the Astro’s lower-level minors system this year.
In his final at-bat, Tebow faced Corey Littrell, a lefty reliever under the Cardinals’ control who struck out 49 in 51.1 innings pitched in Triple-A this past year.
Tebow will continue to play in AFL games, which run through mid-November, Monday through Thursday to accommodate his college football broadcast commitments.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News