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Tebow time: HR on 1st instructional league pitch

Tim Tebow hit an opposite-field home run on the first pitch of his first instructional league game with the New York Mets.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Just like his days at the University of Florida, Tim Tebow is still beating up on Vanderbilt athletes. This moment was storybook, too. On the first pitch of his first organized game since his junior year of high school, Tebow sent a 91 mph fastball over the left-center wall for a home run. After circling the bases, Tebow was greeted at the plate by his teammates, who had poured out of the dugout. Tebow had quietly taken those teenagers out to dinner Monday and to a movie on Tuesday after intrasquad games. The crowd, announced by the Mets at 269 for the instructional league game, also erupted as Tebow connected and circled the bases. The long ball came off 6-foot-5 left-hander John Kilichowski, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round out of Vanderbilt University in June.

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Tebow homers on first pitch in first game

On the first pitch he saw in his first game with the Mets' instructional league team, Tim Tebow smacked a home run to left field, sending his teammates into a wild celebration.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow swings at his first pitch as a professional. And it's a home run to left-center. His teammates go wild.

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