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.