Former NFL quarterback turned multi-sport athlete Tim Tebow just experienced what might be his best moment in his young professional baseball career with the New York Mets, hitting an opposite-field, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lift his team to victory.
According to the New York Post, with two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Tebow connected with a pitch that drove in a run “giving his Scottsdale Scorpions a 4-3 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox at Scottsdale Stadium” in Monday night’s contest.
The hit, a “product of the Solar Sox shifting on the lefty batter,” came off of Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider, effectively raising Tebows batting average to .146 and his OPS to .376 in the 12 games he has played in this year’s Arizona Fall League.
Following the game, Tebow told New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand:
“‘It feels good. It feels good for your teammates, the work that you put in,’ said the former Heisman Trophy winner, whom the Mets signed for $100,000 in September. ‘Any time you’re in a game and you’re keeping score, you want to feel competitive. You want to win. And so I think this was a fun moment for all of us.’”
Tebow’s opposite-field hit was apparently no accident either. The New York Daily News also reported that Tebow spent part of Monday’s pregame speaking with one of the MLB’s legendary clutch hitters Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who gave Tebow some timely adviced.
“‘The whole day they had been throwing me outside fastballs and they had the shift on a little bit, and Mr. Jackson was just talking about letting it get deep and going with it,’ Tebow said. ‘So first pitch tried to let it get deep and hit it opposite way, especially when they play you for a pull.’”