After a busy off-season on ESPN broadcasts and getting married, Tim Tebow is ready to pay his undivided attention to baseball.
The 32-year-old Tebow will start his fourth spring training at the Mets in Port St. Lucie next week since signing his first minor league contract in September 2016. He was still holding on to his long-cherished dream of being in the MLB play.
"I never said I would make it or be successful, but I won't give up," Tebow told USA TODAY Sports. "I focus on things that I can control so that I can look back and have no regrets. Success is not really a choice. But fighting, scratching, scratching and believing are decisions."
The former quarterback, who has worked with four different NFL teams over a five-year professional football career, is one of 15 non-squad participants invited to Mets spring training this year. And Tebow said he was "locked up".
In 287 minor league games, Tebow lowered .223 / .299 / .338 with 18 home runs and 107 RBIs. Injuries have brought some of Tebow's progress to a standstill, although he has played with Triple-A Syracuse all season and is likely to start that season there as well. A laceration on his left little finger at the end of July shortened the 2019 season and a broken bone in the right hand also ended the 2018 season prematurely.
"Baseball is something that means a lot to me," said Tebow. "It's a tough game that I didn't play after 12 years (seriously). I definitely went through lows with injuries to both hands and some dips. But then I had my highlights too – hitting home runs and double-a-all -Star game to get hot. "
Tebow made a name for himself playing football in Florida and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 before the Broncos put him 25th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. His transition to baseball made headlines when you consider that he has the status of a splitting star.
While playing for Double-A Binghamton before his injury in 2018, Tebow posted a .273 / .336 / .399 career high with a triple home run in his first home game for the Rumble Ponies. Tebow went on to compete in the Eastern League all-star game.
But from all phases of his life, Tebow believes that he has to be the toughest in baseball.
"It is more important to me to be someone who is resilient, combative and believing," said Tebow. "This is the type of man I aim for, not just in baseball. Whether you're up on the (mountain) or down in the valley, I want to be the same person who doesn't change because of the circumstances."