Welcome to the big show, Tim.
Tim Tebow made his spring training debut for the New York Mets on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, and the converted quarterback had the unenviable task of facing reigning American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello in his first spring training at-bat.
As you can imagine, it didn’t go too well for Tebow.
The former Heisman Trophy winner saw four pitches from Porcello, all fastballs, swinging and missing at the third and taking the fourth on the outside corner for a called third strike.
Tebow had some words for the home plate umpire after the call, appearing to tell him the pitch was low.
The crowd at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., didn’t like the umpire’s decision, either.
Of course, Tebow won’t get many favors from anyone as he attempts to kick-start his baseball career. Here’s the full first at-bat from No. 97, in case you’re interested:
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