The Tim Tebow legend continues to grow.
In the latest episode of As The Benevolent World of Tebow Turns, the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback, now a Mets minor leaguer, stopped during an at-bat to greet an autistic 9-year-old boy who was calling for him from behind the backstop netting. Tebow then stepped back up to the plate and smacked a three-run homer.
“When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying,” the boy’s mother, Ileanna Bosch, told Tampa Bay Times columnist Martin Fennelly, who first reported the story. “And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”
The touching moment happened July 29, in the top of the seventh inning at Charlotte Sports Park, where the St. Lucie Mets were playing the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
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Tebow, 29, was taking practice swings in the on-deck circle while the Stone Crabs had a brief conference at the plate. Seth Bosch began waving to Tebow and asking him to come over. Bosch has autism, and also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that leads to tumors on the nerve tissues.
Tebow noticed the kid, walked over, shook his hand through the netting, and then hit the homer.
It was the second time in his short minor league career that Tebow stopped during a game to attend to a fan with special needs.
During his debut game in the Arizona Fall League, a fan suffered a seizure, and Tebow stayed with the man for 20 minutes, put his hands on him and prayed for him, until paramedics took him from the stadium.
It’s little wonder, with all these Tebow moments, that the St. Lucie Mets announced last week that they set a single-season record with 108,057 fans.