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Tim Tebow Stays Hot for Mets in Florida as Born Again Ballplayer

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Tim Tebow laughs during spring training news conference. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By    |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 10:38 AM

Tim Tebow, the quixotic Christian athlete who everyone always seems sure will fail, makes his living now as a professional baseball designated hitter and he has stayed hot for the New York Mets with his first multi-hit game of spring training on Wednesday.

Tebow connected on his first-two at-bats when the Mets took on the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, said USA Today.

It was his best performance as a professional baseball player thus far.

“I think I’ve had fun every game, genuinely, but I think this one, there was a lot of action,” Tebow said following the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the Marlins, according to ESPN. “When there’s a lot of action that’s also fun. You like being involved.”

“He’s getting better,” Mets manager Terry Collins said about Tebow. “That was the point. That’s why he’s here, to see if he can make some strides, and he’s made very good strides.”

“I think I’m still figuring out a lot of stuff every day,” Tebow said. “So much of it is still new, so it’s still a process.”

This comes after Tebow went 0-for-8 in his first at-bats against the Marlins on Monday before connecting on his first hit at the bottom of the fifth inning.

Tebow didn’t have the best quasi-Major League debut last week, batting 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he remained optimistic as usual and was able to put together a good performance on Wednesday.

“You can’t let one day define anything,” he said, noted the Orlando Sentinel. “I know a lot of other people will sensationalize it. Regardless of what happens, it will be the best day of all time or the worst day of all time.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t have a spot cemented on the team, and this could be his last spring training appearance with the Mets this year, but for someone who had been away from the game of baseball for 12 years, he’s not off to a bad start, said the New York Post.

According to Faith Family America, Tebow decided to pursue professional baseball last year after being bounced around from one team to the next as an NFL quarterback who was struggling to prove himself.

The Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal in the fall, the New York Daily News noted.

Since then, the 29-year-old has been working hard to show he deserves to make it in professional sports, and he might have that opportunity in baseball.

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