Tim Tebow saw his first action in the Major Leagues on Wednesday, batting eighth as the designated hitter. Tebow was thrown right into the deep end by having to face the Red Sox’ reigning Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello. He struck out his first at-bat on four straight fastballs.
Tebow went 0-3 on the day with two strikeouts. He was hit by a pitch and grounded in to a double play with the bases loaded, but picked up an RBI. Tebow received a large ovation from the crowd. No doubt, the loudest anyone has ever cheered for a rally-killing double play.
Although the outcome of his performance was unsurprising, Mets’ hitting coach Kevin Long still has high praise for Tebow. “You see the raw power, and you see ability in the cages and in batting practice — it’s up there with some of the best hitters in the game,” Long said. “But it’s not game action. He needs those at-bats, and he needs to be tested that way.”
Tebow will also be in the lineup for the Mets’ split-squad game on Friday against the Astros.