GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Tebow continues to show his passion for the fans, no matter where he goes.
After the former Florida quarterback made his Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday afternoon, he met with the media, followed by signing autographs along the third-base line at Camelback Ranch. Then, when one fan had a seizure on the hot afternoon, Tebow stayed and comforted him until the paramedics arrived.
Tim Tebow an amazing individual. Tends to a man who had a seizure pic.twitter.com/ttYrQiqePh
— Christian Byrnes (@ByrnesC10) October 11, 2016
Before that happened, Tebow played his first game for the Scottsdale Scorpions, going 0-for-3 and playing five innings in left field.
Tebow, who is pursuing his dream of playing baseball four years after his last NFL action, moved to the Arizona Fall League two weeks after playing in the New York Mets’ instructional league. He’ll play here for six weeks, then plans to get ready for Mets spring training.
He admits he misses football, although he still gets his fix by working for the SEC Network on Fridays and Saturdays.
“You definitely miss football sometimes,” Tebow said. “I’m thankful that I get to talk about it every weekend and that’s fun. There are times you’re like, ‘Man, I still love this sport, it’s super fun,’ but this is also a lot of fun.”
Tebow’s first AFL game was right down the freeway from University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, where the former Gators quarterback once led his team to the national championship.
Tebow was asked how different it is to play left field, a position, unlike quarterback, where he isn’t making an impact every play.
“You’ve got to be patient and stay warmed up and stretch so when you do get an opportunity you can try to do something with it,” Tebow said. “I honestly don’t think it’s a tough mindset. What’s tougher is the physical mindset of, OK, you’re warming up for a couple hours then you’re out there and you might not have a chance to make a play for 30, 45 minutes, maybe an hour, and then you have one opportunity. You have to be loose, you have to be ready to go, you have to be locked in.”
Tebow had a difficult play in left field in the fifth inning, when he couldn’t haul in a long fly ball and hit the wall face first. Nothing new to Tebow, however.
“I’ve been hit harder, so I’m OK,” he said.
Despite going hitless in his first game, Tebow was pleased with how he felt at the plate, although admitting he needs to shake off a little rust.
“I felt pretty comfortable, just got to do more with them, rolled over on a couple,” Tebow said. “The first two at-bats felt really good, third at-bat was pretty aggressive, I wanted to go after something. But felt like I was seeing it well, didn’t swing at pitches that I felt were really not good approaches. I like the approach, I just want to do more with it.”
Tebow also addressed what his goals are for the next six weeks in the fall league. Watch his response below:
— Jake Rill (@JakeDRill) October 11, 2016
Tebow also said his family in Florida is fine after Hurricane Matthew made its impact last weekend, but sent out well wishes to those who were affected.
“Lost a lot of power and a little bit of flooding but thankfully they’re healthy,” Tebow said. “I know there’s a lot of people that went through tough times and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”