Blueclaws prepare scouting report for Tim Tebow as Fireflies head to Lakewood
The Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Low-A Team) weekend series with the Met's Low-A Team, The Columbia Fireflies will be filled to the brim with fans and excitement for at least a couple of reasons. Minor League rivalry matchup? Maybe. Watch the red-hot BlueClaws prospects continue dominating early in the season? Perhaps. Watch 29-year old Tim Tebow play outfield for the Fireflies? Mostly certainly yes.
Low-A is a level in the affiliated professional baseball minor-leagues where players who are usually in their late-teenage years or early twenties, either drafted out of high school, college or promoted from rookie ball have a chance to gain more experience playing.
After winning the 2007 NCAA-Heisman Trophy and being nominated in the following two seasons, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow's pro-career ended somewhat quickly following stints with the Broncos, Jets, Eagles and Patriots.
Perhaps known best for leading the Broncos past the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC-Wild Card game, Tebow's career ended more-or-less because the demand in the league for his QB services dried up.
So why not try another childhood passion, baseball?
The New York Mets took a chance on the former Florida Gator QB to see what he could do and now here we are.
The Blueclaws, who recently had an eight-game winning streak snapped by the very Fireflies they're playing this weekend, are playing really well and trying to pave their own path to the majors.
So when he steps up to the plate this weekend, Director of Communications and Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster with the BlueClaws, Greg Giombarrese says to the team Tebow is just another player looking to do the same.
"If you start worrying about whose hitting that'll throw you off your own game," said Giombarrese. "Ultimately those guys just have to go out there and make their own pitches and throw the ball as best as they can. If they start getting too intimated and nervous about whose in the other batters box, than that's where they get into trouble."
Tebow has two-home runs in the young 2017 season heading into the weekend, so your chances of catching a long-ball this weekend seems pretty slim.
Naturally those sitting behind the outfield wall have the best chance to catch one though.
Of this two homers this year, one went to centerfield off what appeared to be a fastball on the inner half of the plate.
So while slim of catching a Tebow homer, if he sees either a breaking ball or fastball on the inside part of the plate there could be a chance you'll have a souvenir.
Giombarrese says despite the presence of Tebow in the batters box again this weekend, the BlueClaws feel pretty good after facing him last weekend.
"Left-handed pitcher Nick Fanti, whose from Long Island threw 8-2/3 no-hit innings," said Giombarrese. "Then Trevor Bettencourt got the last out and they combined on what was the fifth no-hitter in BlueClaws history in a win here on Saturday against Columbia."
The last batter Fanti faced in the 8th-inning? Tim Tebow and he struck him out.
Over the course of a typical game, you may see Tebow have 3-4 at-bats with a chance to collect a hit but it all depends on how well the BlueClaws pitchers perform.
If they pitch as well as they have, Giombarrese says you're in for a treat this weekend.
"It'll be a chance to showoff First Energy Park and the BlueClaws to a number of fans that maybe haven't had the opportunity to come out or who are making a trip down to the Jersey Shore for the weekend," said Giombarrese.
There may also be eyes coming from the big club whose been paying closer attention to possible future Phillies.
"The Phillies front-office guys have been out several times to see a few of the different pitchers the BlueClaws have been throwing out there," said Giombarrese.
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