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Tim Tebow Nearly Had It —and Then, Oh Dear Lord

The New York Mets farm player takes a tumble
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2020 1:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Tim Tebow was ready to catch the last out in a spring-training game Friday when things went a little awry—or, as TMZ puts it, "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" The New York Mets farm player (and former Heisman Trophy winner) was looking up and running across left field in the top of the ninth when somehow he fell. The cause isn't clear, but TMZ says "his feet tangled in his shoelaces" and CBS Sports says he "ended up tripping over his own feet." The ball bounced nearby and Tebow snatched it, bounding to his feet as he threw to second base. (See the whole thing here.)

Luckily the next St. Louis Cardinals batter flied out, ending the 3-2 Mets win in Port Lucie, Fla. But it's not good for the former NCAA football star trying to make the bigs. The "embarrassing lowlight" led CBS Sports to recall other Tebow missteps, like his "-100%" route efficiency in tracking a ball that turned into a homer the other day or his faceplant into an outfield wall in 2016. On the upside, he did homer this week, but as Bleacher Report points out, his .223/.299/.338 slash line over three minor-league seasons and one-for-11 start this season aren't promising: "He will not, barring a miracle turnaround, break camp with the Mets." (Tebow had some good personal news last month.)


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