COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow hit a two-run homer in the first at-bat of his minor league baseball debut for the Class A Columbia Fireflies on Thursday night.
Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, drilled a 2-1 pitch off the railing just above the fence in left-center field, where a strong wind had been blowing out all day. Tebow stopped at second base, thinking it was a double, as an umpire twirled his hand to indicate the home run.
The shot came off Augusta left-hander Dominique Mazza and sent the sellout crowd at Spirit Communications Park into a frenzy of cheers.
Fans shouted “Te-Bow! Te-Bow!” after the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback fouled off a pitch.
The chants grew louder as Tebow circled the bases on his homer, pumping his fist as he rounded second.
It was announced in August that Tebow would pursue a career in baseball after his NFL career fizzled. He was assigned to the New York Mets‘ Class A team at the end of spring training.
Tebow batted .148 in spring training with eight strikeouts in 27 at-bats. He was the only player in the Mets organization to play in at least eight spring training games without scoring a run.