SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — This week, a month after Tim Tebow made his debut in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions, the team’s manager said he still was waiting.
“I was waiting for us to get some Tebow time,” Tom Goodwin said. “I mean, the (Denver) Broncos got some Tebow time, Florida got Tebow time, we want to have Tebow time.”
Then came Monday night.
Bases loaded, two outs, game tied, bottom of the ninth. Tebow, who helped lead the University of Florida football team to two national titles and the Broncos to an NFL playoff victory, lifted the Scorpions to a 4-3 win against the Mesa Solar Sox with a game-winning base hit.
“So that’s Tebow time,” Goodwin said with a grin. “He comes through in the clutch.”
But the moment did not obscure the truth: Here in the Arizona Fall League, Tebow has demonstrated just how difficult it’s going to be for a 29-year-old former NFL quarterback to make it to the major leagues.
“He’s got an uphill battle, but he’s faced those before,” said Reggie Jackson, the former New York Yankees great who has worked with Tebow this week. “If there’s anybody that can do it, he can do it.”
Playing against some of the top prospects in baseball, Tebow was batting .146 (7-for-48) with 12 strikeouts and only one extra-base hit entering Wednesday’s game, his 14th here.
But Tebow said he’s making progress.