Tim Tebow draws in baseball fans in New Jersey

LAKEWOOD, NJ — Tim Tebow, who plays for the Mets’ class a-affiliate, Columbia Fireflies, is in New Jersey for a four-game series against the Lakewood Blue Claws which started on Sunday.

It was a 700 mile bus ride from the team’s South Carolina base.

“I definitely don’t feel above that at all, riding on buses,” Tebow said. “You should see what we ride in on the Philippines or other countries that we’re in. They are not as nice as these charter buses. So I’m okay in them.”

Meanwhile, while talking about his various charity work, Tebow answers if he would visit the Philippines again.

“I’m not sure but hopefully soon. I got back a little less than a year ago, and had an awesome visit at the hospital and orphanages and all over,” he said. “I always try to go back at least once a year.”

Tebow, the former Heisman trophy winner and NFL quarterback, has been drawing big crowds in baseball’s minor leagues.

The Makati-born star athlete says he is grateful to be able to play the sport he fell in love with since he was 5 years old.

“We moved back from the Philippines and my parents signed me up for some t-ball, and I was playing for the White Sox, and I was number 35… just like Freddy Thomas, and I fell in love with it then.”

The 29-year-old former Denver Broncos quarterback says choosing to play professional football over baseball in college was one of the hardest decisions he had to make.

As for the chance to play baseball for the major league, Tebow says he doesn’t worry about it.

This is the first time Tim Tebow is playing in New Jersey as a professional baseball player, and he certainly brought out even the non-baseball fans to watch some minor league games.


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