The most famous minor league baseball player since, perhaps, Michael Jordan, arrived at the Mets’ minor league facility Monday for his first workout in the Florida Instructional League.
The fans in the back fields of the facility cheered when he performed the simplest running drills, and they chanted, “Tee-bow, Tee-bow,” when he walked past them.
He has some natural power at the plate, but he has yet to face live pitching in a game.
Earlier this month, Tebow signed a standard minor league contract with the Mets, plus a $100,000 bonus — the most the Mets could pay without taking a luxury tax hit — after holding a workout for 28 major league clubs at the University of Southern California.
As a quarterback, he played for the Denver Broncos and the Jets in the N.F.L.