Tim Tebow’s titanic homer for Mets draws roar from crowd

LAKELAND, Fla. — Tim Tebow’s raw power finally has surfaced.

After showing a respectable eye at the plate and drawing two walks in his first three games to start the exhibition season, the former Heisman Trophy winner elicited a roar from the crowd at Publix Field on Tuesday with a thunderous shot that cleared the fence in left-center field in the sixth inning for his first homer this spring. The blast came against right-hander Alex Wilson.

Tebow, who started as the DH and batted ninth for the Mets, finished 1-for-2 and added a walk in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers.

“I feel like I am seeing the ball pretty well besides my first at-bat of the spring when I was super-aggressive,” Tebow said, referring to a strikeout Saturday. “After that I feel like I have been seeing it, three walks, so trying to see more pitches and the home run today, really had a chance to work that count and try to see some too. I am just trying to improve a little bit every day.”

Tebow, according to manager Luis Rojas, had been slightly late with his swing over the weekend.

Tim Tebow blasts his first home run of spring training.
Tim Tebow blasts his first home run of spring training.Anthony J. Causi

“We had this talk when we got back to the complex [Monday] from West Palm Beach and he had a fly out to left-center field and I thought he was a little bit less late,” Rojas said.

“I am trying to get him as many at-bats as we can in the spring, also time in left field and he’s looked good. He’s been developing since I saw him in 2018, so he’s a hard worker and things are going to pay off for him.”

After departing the game, Tebow spoke with former Tigers star Kirk Gibson — a Michigan State football standout who forged a borderline Hall of Fame baseball career.

Tebow said he was unaware Gibson had played football. Gibson, like Tebow’s father, is battling Parkinson’s disease.

“We had a chance to talk for a few minutes,” Tebow said. “[Gibson] was just encouraging and saying some nice things.”

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