Tebow begins Mets career wearing No. 15 jersey

Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:23pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - In a blue New York Mets' batting practice jersey stitched with a No. 15 on the back, Tim Tebow began his bid to make it in professional baseball on Monday at Tradition Field at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"It was a lot of fun, it was great to be a on a team, go through a warm-up, take batting practice, try to remember as many names as possible," Tebow said. "It was just fun."

Tebow drew a crowd, as expected. The Mets have added "Tebow - Instructional League" to the media credential dropdown menu just below the "Mets Division Series" selection option.

More than 67 media outlets were credentialed for the start of workouts. The instructional league spans three weeks.

Media throngs well known to Tebow are not common in fall instructional league. Tebow said he will just focus on the workout between the lines.

"One thing I've learned is, 'Let it go in one ear and out the other'," Tebow said. "I didn't pay attention. Thankful to be a Met."

Tebow, 29, signed a $100,000 minor-league contract with the Mets on Sept. 8.

Tebow held a workout in Los Angeles on Aug. 30 and 46 scouts attended. He last played organized baseball as a junior in high school - an 11-year absence from the game - when he batted nearly .500 for Nease High near Jacksonville, Fla.

"The goal would be to have a career in the big leagues," Tebow said at his workout last month. "I just want to be someone to pursue what I believe in, what I'm passionate about. A lot of people will say, 'But what if you fail? What if you don't make it?' Guess what? I don't have to live with regret."   Continued...

Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on during workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports