Tim Tebow may never play an inning in Major League Baseball, but his minor-league career is becoming the stuff of legend.
Now a member of the New York Mets' high-A affiliate - the Port St. Lucie Mets - he continues to do awe-inspiring things on a seemingly nightly basis.
From hitting a home run after greeting a child in the on-deck circle to helping a singer with special needs remember the words to "God Bless America," Tebow is a human highlight reel.
On Saturday night, though, he was in a highlight for a different reason, taking a fastball off the helmet during a game against the Tampa Yankees, as you can see in the video below:
Somehow, Tebow didn't even go to the ground after getting drilled. In fact, making matters even more impressive, he stayed in the game and scored later in the inning.
It wasn't as if Tebow didn't get checked out by medical professionals, though, as the team trainers came out and made sure he was able to continue playing. They cleared him and he went on to make his way around the bases to score a run.
Tebow is now hitting .243 with five home runs and 25 RBI since being promoted from low-A Columbia. He has appeared in 44 games for the Port St. Lucie squad. In August, though, his bat has slowed down, as he's hitting only .135 with a double this month.
Though he got off to a hot start at high-A, don't expect Tebow to be among the Mets' September call-ups. New York general manager Sandy Alderson said back in July that there was no way the former Florida star quarterback would play in the big leagues this fall (via ESPN.com):
"Never crossed my mind until about 10 days ago when somebody said it was likely to happen," Alderson said. "I don't foresee that kind of scenario."
The Mets are only 53-62 this season and trail the Washington Nationals by 16 games in the NL East division, so they wouldn't have much to lose by promoting Tebow, but it sounds like that's still not an option.
Alderson told SI.com earlier in July that signing Tebow was mostly because of his marketability to fans:
"Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business. My attitude is, 'Why not?'" Alderson said.
It's safe to say Alderson looks like a genius for signing Tebow at this point, as the Mets' minor-league ticket sales have skyrocketed this season. If Tebow keeps turning in impressive highlights like he has recently, he'll only continue to be a big ticket-office boost.
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