The Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, kicked off the season on Thursday evening against the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox). Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow got the start in left field, batting seventh for the Rumble Ponies.
As fate would have it, Tebow swung at the first pitch he saw in an official Double-A game and hit a three-run home run, giving the Rumble Ponies a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
Tebow, you may recall, also homered in his first at-bat in his minor league debut last year with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies. His overall numbers weren’t terribly impressive, as he hit .220/.311/.336 with Columbia in 244 plate appearances, and .231/.307/.356 in 242 PA with High-A St. Lucie.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Major League Baseball is looking into a video circulating on social media that appears to show Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon grab a fan by the shirt through the bleacher guardrails after Thursday night’s game in Oakland, a league spokesperson said Friday.
Rendon looks to have grabbed the fan’s shirt near his chest through the bars of the railing and exchanged words with him before appearing to take a swipe at the bill of the man’s ballcap and walking into the tunnel.
Angels spokesman Adam Chodzko says the team has no comment. The Angels do not play Friday, but the club expects Rendon to address the video Saturday in the clubhouse before the game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland.
The video shows the fan, dressed in A’s colors, approach the railing as Rendon turns toward him from the tunnel walkway below. Rendon then appears to grab the man’s shirt and ask him what he just said, accusing the fan of calling him a derogatory term before swiping at his ballcap.
The A’s won the game 2-1.