TRENTON — Just call it Tim Tebow’s modern-day two-minute drill. That’s about how long it took the former Jet and Heisman Trophy winner turned Mets prospect to be asked about the sport that made him famous Tuesday afternoon.
So how did Tebow, an outfielder and designated hitter for the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, feel about the Philadelphia Eagles, a team he once spent a training camp with, finally winning the Super Bowl?
“I was happy for them,” Tebow said before the Rumble Ponies’ series opener against the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park. “I actually had a lot of former friends and teammates on both [the Eagles and Patriots]. So you obviously text with them in the two weeks leading up, saying ‘I wish you luck on both teams.’ You try to be a good friend and support them either way.”
But Tebow doesn’t take long bus rides up and down the East Coast to text with his NFL friends. He’s chasing a dream and getting better — albeit slowly. After getting two doubles and two RBIs in four trips Tuesday night, Tebow, 30, is hitting .245 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, and 19 walks in 59 games. Last season, Tebow was .226-8-52 in 430 at-bats in 126 single-A games.
“It’s been good,” Tebow said. “It’s definitely been unique. The last few years have been a lot of fun, figuring out a lot of stuff out. But it’s been a great journey.”
Still a relative newbie in the multilayered world of the minor leagues, Tebow said consistency remains his biggest battle. “It’s just consistency and being able to have consistent at-bats in games and series,” he said. “That’s really the key of baseball, right? If you’re able to put that together, everything will really improve.”
Specifically, Tebow is learning to adjust to new pitchers on a night-by-night, or even inning-by-inning, basis. “I wouldn’t say it’s a done process at all,” Tebow said. “It’s still in the works. I think you’re still getting comfortable every game, every at-bat. I’m still figuring that out for sure. I wouldn’t say you’re [ever] 100 percent comfortable.
Tebow refused to fuel any fan-driven speculation that he may be called up to the big leagues. “I just have to focus on this day, improving, and the process,” Tebow said. “I get why you have to ask the question, but for me, it’s about today.”