Tim Tebow homers in first at-bat in minor league debut


Tebow Mania has officially arrived in the South Atlantic League.

In his first at-bat with the Columbia Fireflies, Tim Tebow launched a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-centre field to foot the Fireflies a 2-0 lead over the Augusta Greenjackets on Thursday.

Tebow's homer came with two outs in the bottom of the second inning at Spirit Communications Park. 

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner watched the first pitch he saw go across for a low ball. He then fouled off the next pitch behind the third base dugout before his shot to left-centre that hit the steel fence above the wall and bounced back onto the field. 

Tebow thought he had hit the wall and stopped at second before the umpire told him to circle the bases to a raucous ovation from the sold-out crowd.

The 29-year-old grounded to short in his second at-bat and the Fireflies held a 7-5 lead in the fourth inning.

Former NFL quarterback Tebow helped Florida win a pair of football national championships and the Denver Broncos win a playoff game in 2011.

He hit .194 in 62 at-bats last fall with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. 

Tebow hit .148 with just four hits in 27 at-bats during spring training with the New York Mets before they assigned him to Single-A Columbia.

In 89 professional at-bats prior to his official debut on Thursday, Tebow has struck out 28 times to go with 16 hits. 

So far, so good in Columbia.