Tim Tebow threw the ball as much against the Red Sox Wednesday as he did over the last four NFL seasons, which is to say he was the Mets’ DH.
Making his spring training debut, the former NFL quarterback and current minor league outfielder went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and reaching base once after being hit by a pitch in an 8-7 Mets win over the Red Sox.
Leading off the third inning, Tebow struck out on four pitches, all of which were fastballs from Rick Porcello. He grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in his second at-bat before reaching base in his third plate appearance as a result of Brian Johnson hitting him. (He subsequently got doubled off first base on a line drive to second.) In the eighth inning, Tebow struck out for a second time, going down on three pitches.
Despite not playing baseball competitively since 2005, Tebow signed a minor-league deal with the Mets in September after working out in front of scouts from 28 MLB teams.
This comes after the 2010 first-round pick of the Broncos spent three seasons in the NFL. He signed with the Patriots and then Eagles prior to the 2013 season, but did not crack either roster.