The moment has arrived for Tim Tebow.
The former Florida quarterback started in left field and batted seventh when the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate Columbia Fireflies opened South Atlantic League play Thursday at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C.
“It was something that I always loved. It was my first love, when I started playing it when I was 4-years-old,” Tebow said via SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “It’s something that never really got too far away from my heart, even when I was playing football, I’d always watch. I’ve wanted to get back out there on the field and play.”
Tebow hit .148 in 27 spring training at-bats with the Mets. During Arizona Fall League play, he batted .194.
Check out some of the early images from Tebow’s minor-league debut, courtesy of McGranahan. Live updates of the game can be found here.