Tim Tebow continues to prove that hard work pays off.
When Tebow announced he would pursue a career in baseball, many people believed the endeavor wouldn’t even get off the ground.
But months of grit and hustle have finally reaped rewards.
Tebow was promoted to the Mets’ High-A minor league team.
Called up to the New York Mets’ advanced Class A affiliate in the Florida State League earlier this week, Tebow was scheduled to bat eighth for his debut with the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday but the game was postponed because of rain. He is expected to be an everyday player for however long he’s with the club.
He said he believes he has improved from when he began this season but has much room to grow.
“Hopefully I have gotten better in every area. Whether that is hitting or ID’ing pitches, on the base path, trying to play defense, you know trying to work on everything and improve on everything every day. I feel like I have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m getting better every day,” he said before the game against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
“You have to be honest with yourself as an athlete. That’s something I try to do. I look at my at-bats and how I played the field and what I did and I try to be honest with myself with where I’m at and what I have to do to improve.”
For Tebow’s debut, team officials were expecting around 5,000 fans. More workers were brought in to handle the much-bigger-than-usual crowd.
Columbia’s average home attendance for Tebow games was 5,308, a 40 percent increase over what the Fireflies averaged a year ago. St. Lucie came into Tuesday averaging 1,745 fans per game, fifth-best in the FSL. The team’s most recent home game on Sunday had an attendance of 789.
Tebow said he isn’t getting caught up about thinking about his future, instead focusing on the present.
“It’s a scary place to get caught up in, the ‘where’s this going to lead,’ ‘what’s going to happen to my future,’ ‘what is the next day,”’ Tebow said. “I get today. Tomorrow’s not promised. I’m going to make the most of today.”
The big league Mets were playing two hours south in Miami on Tuesday night. It’s a short drive, but Tebow knows he’s a long way from the majors.
“That’s not something I focus on. Not something I think about. It’s a great question because that would be a great headline, but it’s not something I’m focused on,” he said. “You root for the Mets and watch their games and get to be friends with them, but I’m playing for the Port St. Lucie Mets right now. That’s where my focus has to be.”
If Tebow continues to show improvement, it wouldn’t be impossible to see him called up to the Mets’ Double-A affiliate.
As his Fireflies coach said, he has natural power. He also has the work ethic to stick to the process of honing his craft day by day.
At this point, it would be foolish to doubt Tebow.