After saying twice recently that Tim Tebow's stint with the major-league club was already over, the New York Mets has included him in their lineup yet again. For the second time this spring, Tebow has received a call to action from the Mets following reports of being banished from the big-league camp.
Tebow continues to take advantage of the chances given to him by the Mets. The baseball outfielder was supposed to play his final game last week after his two-hit game. On March 18, however, he was back in the Mets' lineup and managed to finish 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout.
In their game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the 29-year-old Tebow recorded an opposite-field single in his first at-bat against the Cardinals' right-hander Michael Wacha. In his first at-bat on three pitches, he also struck out and grounded out to the pitcher in his final plate appearance.
The former National Football League (NFL) quarterback played left field in the Grapefruit League game, where he managed to catch a long fly ball and bat seventh.
After his impressive performance during Saturday's game, Mets manager Terry Collins commended Tebow for a nice game, saying the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida had worked very hard for it. "We're here to help. That's what we're here for. We're here to help him try to get better," he said.
Prior to Saturday's game, Collins said after their game on March 15 that Tebow had already played his last game in the Grapefruit League. According to the Mets manager, Tebow would head to the minor league for the remaining games this spring after Wednesday's game. However, he reversed course when he said he might borrow the outfielder for two to three more games.
"I don't know how many it's going to be, but I think he can get a lot of playing here and being around these guys at this level to see what it is to be a big league player and he can hopefully carry that into wherever he is going to start the year," said Collins.