Tim Tebow has a way of making the news no matter what he does. Just how inherently newsworthy he is (or isn’t) is beside the point. Once fame gets rolling, it tends to stay rolling. Tebow first made a splash in his college football career by writing references to Biblical verses on his eye black. He wasn’t the only player who did this, but when the NCAA issued a rule against the practice it became known as the “Tebow Rule.” During his NFL career, the quarterback, an outspokenly devout Christian, became far more famous for inventing a new form of prayerful genuflection that inevitably came to be known as “Tebowing.” But another factor contributing to his fame was surely his frequent and positive interactions with fans.
Last year, Tebow made a surprising switch to a sport he’d last regularly played when he was in high school. He ended up with the single-A St. Lucie Mets, a Floridian affiliate of the New York Mets. Time will tell if this outfielder will make it to the majors, but for now he’s a fan favorite in the minors.
One of them is 9 year-old Seth Bosch. He has high-functioning autism and suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow in the nervous system. Playing sports is a challenge for Seth, but he’s a devoted fan. He was at the stadium in Charlotte to see St. Lucie take on the home-team Stone Crabs. When Tebow was in the on-deck circle taking practice swings, Seth made his way down to the netting and waved him over. Far from being annoyed, Tebow came over and greeted him with a handshake.
In something straight out of a movie, Tebow then hit a three-run home run! According to the 9 year-old fan’s mom, “When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying. And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”
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