Tim Tebow’s first day as a professional baseball player was newsworthy mostly for the hysteria surrounding his arrival.
There were 70 credentialed media members and about 400 fans on hand at the Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for the opening of fall instructional league.
According to Fred Kerber of the New York Post, Tebow arrived at 7:45 a.m., joined a players meeting at 8:45 and had physical treatment at 9:15. He was on the field at 10 and started by shagging fly balls in the outfield and taking part in basic base-running drills.
Then, Tebow hit the cages.
— Gary Detman (@GaryDetmanNews) September 19, 2016
— Justin Granit (@JustinGranit) September 19, 2016
The BP reportedly consisted of mostly fly balls, although he did hit one to the fence in right center.
During the morning workout, at least one of his throws was a bit off target, according to Jon Heyman.
Tebow just airmailed one from 45 feet. Over the throwing partner and fence. Not sure i've seen that before on this field.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 19, 2016
Tebow, 29, then met with the media.
“There were times at Florida where I thought about going out for baseball,” Tebow said, according to Justin Granit of CBS Tampa 10News WTSP. “Over the last few years I thought about it a bunch.”
According to Mike Oz of Big League Stew, jerseys were available for $120 a pop with T-shirts going for $28. Jerseys aren’t usually on sale until players make the 40-man roster, but Tebow cut a side deal, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. The jersey is the top seller on the Mets website.