Just as he did last season, Tim Tebow is proving that he has pretty good power — in batting practice. But officially he’s listed as WHFO for making a major league roster. As most of you have already deduced, that means When Hell Freezes Over.
Tebow reported to Mets camp today, and according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, hit four homers on five pitches, including two to the opposite field. But also just as he was last season, Tebow is just another player in Minor League camp at Port St. Lucie, FL. Except that according to Newsday, there’s a pretty large press contingent on hand due to his presence.
“Gosh, I hope so,” Tebow said, when asked if his work has moved him closer to the big leagues. “It’s why we put in the work. But also, that’s not just the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy it every day, and I can honestly sit here before every one of you and say that I’ve had so much fun training, pursuing it, getting hits, striking out, whatever it’s been. Today is just the next step in that process and I’m going to enjoy that.”
Translation: Tebow knows he’s a major longshot to even get to Double-A (he hit .194 in 19 Arizona Fall League games last season). So he’s in “just enjoy it” while it lasts mode.
Tim Tebow hit two homers in his first round of batting practice. pic.twitter.com/80IKTkUYtS
— Steve Gardner (@SteveAGardner) February 27, 2017
Live view of Tim Tebow during his first day of Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/aODgASFcui
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) February 27, 2017
Daniel Murphy, the Nationals’ second baseman who worked with Tebow during the off-season, was not dismissive of his student.
“I think that the power is real. What he needs is at-bats,” Murphy said. “He needs 500, 600 plate appearances to try to make adjustments on the fly. It’s always interesting to see what happens when – he’s done all this work, and he’s improved greatly – you go from someone trying to hit your barrel to someone trying to not hit your barrel. He just needs that experience to pull from, which only a full season can give you.”