As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow was known for his burly stature. So it’s no surprise that as a professional baseball player, his calling card has been power at the plate. Unfortunately for Tebow, he was also known in the NFL for his wayward throwing arm, and one fan was painfully surprised recently to learn that issue has extended to his new career.
While warming up for a game Tuesday between his Columbia Fireflies, a Class A affiliate of the Mets, and the Lakewood Blue Claws, Tebow tossed a ball to a teammate. However, his throw sailed too high, and it hit a fan sitting in the first row at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The fan was distracted at the time and didn’t notice the ball heading for his, shall we say, man zone. Which is where the ball hit him. In the man zone.
Can you say, Teb-OW?
“I hear this guy behind me yell, ‘Watch out,’” the fan, Doug Brustman, told the New York Post. “And as he’s yelling, the ball comes right through the railing and hits me right in the nuts. It was a direct hit.”
While doubled over in pain, Brustman was able to ask for the identity of his assailant. “It was literally like a Seinfeld episode,” he said. “The guy behind me shouts, ‘It was Tebow.’
“It reminded me of his days with the Jets, when he couldn’t complete a pass. This guy is so inaccurate, even with a baseball.”
However, in both the NFL and during his legendary college career, Tebow was also known as a paragon of kindness. Thus it should have been no surprise that he approached Brustman, who was attending the game with his 13-year-old daughter, to apologize and see how his accidental victim was feeling. The 45-year-old New Jersey resident was nonetheless impressed by the gesture.