Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Watch Tim Tebow mash a dinger on the very first pitch he saw in instructional league

Tim Tebow was a football player. He was a Heisman Trophy winner. He was an NFL quarterback-turned-aspiring-MLB-prospect. But he's not any of those things anymore. Henceforth, he is Tim Tebow, home run hitter -- because after showing off his power during his showcase and batting practice, Tebow sent the very first pitch he saw in his instructional league debut on Wednesday sailing over the wall and toward his destiny as an unstoppable dinger machine:

Yes, that was the first pitch he'd seen in a competitive baseball game since his junior year of high school, more than a decade ago. And even though he was blanked in his subsequent at-bats -- finishing 1-for-6 for the St. Lucie Mets -- Tebow's transformation into fearsome homerbot is well underway. 

"It feels good to hit a home run," Tebow told MLB.com's Sam Blum after the game.

Yes it does, Tim, yes it does. Although, apparently the homer was the result of some miscommunication with Cardinals prospect John Kilichowski on the mound:

Better make this a pre-apology to all pitchers Tebow will face in the future: His dingers wait for no one. 

Watch Tebow's postgame press conference below, as he basks in the glow of his new identity.