Where Tim Tebow goes, the media frenzy follows. Why? Well, a lot of people are still trying to figure that out because it usually has very little to do with his performance on the field.
That held true again today when Tebow had a dreadful day at the plate in his MLB spring training debut against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field.
Here are Tebow’s plate appearances:
3rd inning – In the third, Tebow walked out of the dugout to a chorus of cheers, stepped to the plate to face reigning American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, then, well, Porcello took him to school, dishing four consecutive fastballs. Three were strikes and Tebow, dejected, went back to the dugout – but not before chewing on home plate umpire Ryan Addition’s ear for a bit.
4th inning – Tebow stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs! A perfect chance to make a mark against Sox reliever Noe Ramirez. This time he made contact, but gave Ramirez exactly what the doctor ordered, hitting into a run scoring double play.
What did the overzealous crowd think of the feat? They offered Tebow a standing ovation, yep, that’s right, a standing O for hitting into a double play with bases jammed and none out. Looks like the Tebow zombies were out in full force this afternoon.
6th inning – In the 6th inning, things got a little more interesting when Tebow was hit by a pitch and actually got on base. However, L.J. Mazzilli lined out to second base and Tebow got caught leaning and was doubled off. Psssssttt! That would be the sound of a balloon deflating…
8th inning – There was time for redemption when Tebow was given another opportunity in the 8th inning facing Brandon Workman. Not to be outdone by Porcello, Workman followed suit and struck out the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Tebow finished the game 0-for-3 with no RBI, two strikeouts, was involved in two double plays and for that performance, one standing ovation, all for one of the worst rookie debut’s one can hope for.
BTW, the Mets did win the game 8-7.