Tim Tebow might just be a natural.
To the surprise of many, the former Heisman Trophy winner homered in his first minor league at-bat.
The Single-A Columbia Fireflies rookie thought amusingly thought it was a ground-rule double:
As always, sports is better with Titanic music:
TIM TEBOW GOES OPPO IN HIS FIRST OFFICIAL MINOR LEAGUE AT-BAT!!!!
IT'S SO MUCH BETTER WITH TITANIC MUSIC!!!!
— 🚢Titanic Baseball⚾️ (@TitanicBaseball) April 7, 2017
Here’s Tebow’s post-game reaction
And he earned an appearance on “SportsCenter,” for some reason:
Here’s sampling of the reaction to Tebow’s dinger on Twitter:
Exclusive footage of Tim Tebow's homer pic.twitter.com/vdZSQ9Oe7Y
— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 7, 2017
Tim Tebow homered and Donald Trump bombed Syria. Imagine saying that to yourself five years ago.
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) April 7, 2017
You should not be surprised that Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first minor-league at-bat. He has always made big plays at big moments.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 7, 2017
— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) April 7, 2017
— CONWAY TWEETY (@edsbs) April 7, 2017
On ESPN’s “First Take,” Max Kellerman and Ryan Clark discuss why Tebow receives so much attention:
ESPN’s David Schoenfield says Tebow might not be a great baseball player, but he is a great story:
Blaming the media is also a poor excuse: Fans — maybe not you — are interested in Tebow for reasons that I don’t fully understand, but you can’t ignore that many are interested. As for Tebow the baseball player, no, he’s not a legitimate prospect. After that home run, he struck out three times and grounded out.
USA Today’s Gabe Lacques says Tebow seems to have good intentions and, you never know, he might improve:
Tebow’s need for competition and camaraderie seem real, despite whatever brand-building element cynics may ascribe to his baseball experiment. He eagerly reeled off the names of teammates and staffers – Paez and Dash and Ali, Fuentes and “Coach Leger,” as he called manager Jose Leger, as if he were Urban Meyer. Leger offered a defense of Tebow’s strikeouts, gently noting that South Atlantic League umpires are often younger than the players and learning themselves. Strike zones can be inconsistent, adding another variable to Tebow’s already challenging learning curve. But the greater lesson of Game 1 is that one at-bat leads to another, and one game to the next. There will be about 135 more, long bus rides in between many of them.
What do you think? Have critics been too harsh on Tebow? Have they underestimated him?