SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Tebow hit a ball through the left side of the infield, looped another to the same area. He fouled off a pitch and sent a grounder the other way.
Then it came. Swinging inside-out, Tebow lined a hard shot toward the line in left field.
“Atta boy,” one of his new teammates shouted from behind the batting cage.
Tebow’s journey from star quarterback to budding baseball player made its latest stop in the desert Monday night, when he worked out for two hours with the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions.
Playing baseball under the lights for the first time in more than a decade, Tebow took some fly balls in the outfield and went through five rounds of batting practice. He hit some good, some not-so-good — but he’s still early in this transformation from football to baseball.
“It was good getting in here, meeting everybody, getting a feel for it, swing the bat a little,” Tebow said. “I know it’s going to be a process.”
Tebow was one of the best quarterbacks in college football at Florida, winning a pair of national championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy. He played three seasons with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before his NFL career petered out.