The legend of Tim Tebow continues to grow.
His transition to baseball was met with acute skepticism from people, which is understandable given his decade-long hiatus from the sport.
But Tebow has shown gradual improvement with surprising feats like this dropped in.
Tebow left the on-deck circle to hug an autistic fan who’d recently celebrated his birthday, then stepped to the plate and cranked a three-run homer.
From the New York Post:
One young fan gave Tim Tebow the magic touch to help him hit another minor league home run.
While playing in the St. Lucie Mets’ game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs on July 29, Tebow was standing in the on-deck circle getting ready for his at bat when he decided to go over to the stands and great an eager young fan.
The young fan, Seth Bosch, who has high-functioning autism, made his way down to the front row of the stands, reached through the protective netting and received a handshake from the former Florida quarterback. After shaking hands with Tebow, Bosch, who celebrated his 10th birthday earlier this week, turned around to face his mom, who was filming the encounter, and raised his arm triumphantly.
“When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying,” his mother Ileanna Bosch said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
They had no idea things were about to get even more amazing.
When Tebow stepped up to the plate after meeting Seth, he blasted a three-run homer.
“I started crying too,” Ileanna Bosch said. “How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”
This is not the first time that Tebow has had special moments with fans at his minor league games. In October of last year, when Tebow was playing in the Arizona Fall League in Scottsdale, he assisted a fan who was experiencing a seizure.
Tim Tebow got out of the on deck circle and shook an autistic kid's hand, then crushed a three-run homer ⚾️😭❤pic.twitter.com/UbYTGJ2EOs
— Baseball King (@BasebaIlKing) August 10, 2017
Since Tebow was openly mocked during his first pro baseball tryout, he has proceeded to make the Minor League All-star ballot and move up to High-A baseball.
Some would argue his play hasn’t garnered such accolades, but Tebow is undoubtedly improving.
His stats since being promoted are better across the board, which has been the narrative of Tebow’s career: He rises to the challenge.