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Tim Tebow and Drew Pomeranz take part in Portland’s home opener

Tim Tebow

Drew Pomeranz

(Portland,ME) Lots going on as the Portland Sea Dogs opened their 25th home season with a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday night.

The home opener is always special all by itself but when you throw in celebrity Tim Tebow and rehabbing Drew Pomeranz you’ve got plenty more.

Tim has been a crowd magnet everywhere he plays.  He’s also a media magnet!  Tonight’s game was scheduled to start at 6PM but I arrived early for a chance to watch Binghamton’s batting practice.

My earliness turned into my being part of 10+ media outlets interviewing Tim before batting practice.

Tim Tebow’s press conference

I had heard Tim talk on TV before, so nothing surprised me about the way he handled ten minutes of media questions.  He doesn’t take himself too seriously and appears to enjoy the interaction.

I couldn’t get close enough to activate my digital recorder, but it didn’t matter because I was chasing pictures.  Interviewed players provide the best picture-taking opportunity.

After the Tebow media session ended, there were Portland players available to talk to.  I had not planned to talk with players but moved in on an interview with Cole Sturgeon (Sea Dogs outfielder) and later did a solo interview with Danny Mars (another Sea Dogs outfielder).

Cole referenced the weather: “I am happy to be back home (Hadlock Field), although the weather takes some getting used to since I’m from Florida.”

Cole also talked about Tim Tebow.  Cole was born and raised in Atlanta (“I was a Falcons fan.”) but moved to Florida when he was fifteen.  “I know so much about him.  He’s a legend and getting to play against him is an honor.  It is amazing what he’s doing after taking ten years off from baseball.”

Danny Mars

Danny Mars hit over .300 last season in Portland.  I asked him about what it would take to get to the next level: “My hitting was pretty consistent last year.  I need to work on the little things like defense and baserunning.”  One thing he wasn’t working on was power hitting: “I’m not much of a power hitter.  I did have six homers last year, but I usually try to stay within myself at the plate and not try to do too much.”

I left those two conversations wondering if I might be able to arrange more of them (pre-game) in the future.

I have taken pictures at Hadlock for a few years now, so I have learned where the home pitchers usually warm up.  I positioned myself in the food pavilion along the right field line to await Drew Pomeranz. He showed up and I had several clean shots of him.

Then I moved into the area near the Portland dugout for pictures of him coming there before the start of the game.  I ended up with my best picture of Drew during his walk to the dugout.

Meanwhile, Tim had come back out from the Binghamton locker room and bee-lined it across the field to their dugout.  Tim had interacted with a few fans after batting practice.  There were plenty of autograph seekers near the Binghamton dugout. Many of his fans have UFlorida (Gators) connections.

Tim Tebow swings and misses against Drew Pomeranz

The players from both teams were introduced.  Biggest cheer?  Tim Tebow.  No question that many in the house had come to see him.  You don’t have to have exhaustive brain power to figure out why the New York Mets organization promoted Tim to the next level after a mediocre season: He draws crowds.  Binghamton, which had the lowest attendance in the Eastern League last year, will probably do a lot better this year.  Any EL city the Rumble Ponies visit will have increased crowds.

One thing I wish I had done would have been to interview a Binghamton player and find out what it was like having Tim on the team.

The question of who should throw out the first pitch for the Portland home opener had been discussed within the Sea Dogs organization.  Club President Charlie Eshbach had even prepared a list, but his long-time connection to the team made it certain that on the 25th anniversary, he should be the ceremonial tosser, and he was.

Cole Sturgeon leads off with a home run in the first inning.

Cole Sturgeon greeted the RB’s starter Andrew Church with a home run in the first inning.

Drew gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings and got the win.

On one of Binghamton’s hits, Peter Alonso connected for a 2-run homer.  Drew claimed afterwards that he didn’t want to walk anyone, so he threw something straight where he might have used a curve and it got hit.

First baseman Peter Alonzo is the #4 Mets prospect.  He was selected in the second round in 2016.

I also got a look at the #17 Mets prospect, Jhoan Urena.

I enjoyed, as always, my visit to Hadlock.  I got there early enough that I was able to park without being charged!

I was able to view the game from a nice spot, with a chair, just beyond the Sea Dogs dugout.

Thanks to Chris Cameron for arranging the visit.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Jhoan Urena

Jordan Betts

Tim Tebow press conference

Josh Tobias

Peter Alonzo – 4th Mets prospect

Sea Dogs President Charlie Eshbach

Sea Dogs bring equipment

Drew Pomeranz heads to the dugout before the game

Pre-game warmups

Drew warming up in the outfield

Tim in the dugout

Tim meets the press

Tim during batting practice

Tim shares a laugh with a Florida fan

Tim watching from the Binghamton dugout

 

 

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Tim Tebow: I love the guy!

Let me start by saying I’m not a Denver Bronco fan.  My loyalties are with the New England Patriots, with a side interest in the Dallas Cowboys.

When the Patriots play the Broncos, I’m rooting for the Patriots.  That’s not going to change.

I will admit that my admiration for the young Denver quarterback gets stronger the more I read about him.

He is a Christian believer and not ashamed of it.  I doubt he’d be the guy quick-gazing around a restaurant before he bowed his head and prayed thanking God for his food.

The 24-year-old has rapidly become a spiritual role model to many and for good reason……he practices what he says.

Even as a senior on the Florida Gators he had folks thinking about him.  Remember that Super Bowl ad that wasn’t allowed?  My recall is that in the ad his pregnant mother explains that she was counseled to abort unborn Tim but refused.

Good thing that ad was dropped. Wouldn’t you prefer ads about drinking etc.. instead of a “dangerous” ad about preserving unborn life?  But I digress!

Poor Tim couldn’t help but be pro-life.  As he reasoned it, if his mother had taken the advice of doctors, after she became sick on a missions trip to the Philippines, she would have aborted him.  Okay, I digressed some more!

Another thing that I have liked about this guy is how he has handled the question of his life priorities.  His listing order goes something like this: (1) pleasing God, (2) pleasing family, and (3) pleasing the Denver Broncos. There is no mention of the Denver Broncos in the Bible but the order of the first two is Biblical.

We now live in a culture overrun with people, who if asked to present a similar priority list, might never find a place for God no matter how long the list was.

When Tim puts God at the top, where He belongs, it offends the godless in our midst.  As long as Tim was a benchwarmer in Denver, as he was early their struggling season, some could explain his lack of playing time with his confused priorities.  Now that Denver has remarkably recovered winning seven of eight with Tim at quarterback, it has become very difficult to blame Tim’s priorities as being his downfall.

So a currently successful Tim Tebow/Denver Broncos leaves the secularists on the sideline waiting for him/them to fall apart.

We unfortunately live in a culture in desperate search for earthly heroes we can trust in.  I can guarantee you that blind trust is very dangerous.  Everyone messes up.  Even Tim has, and will in the future.  Sadly, some of Tim’s fans have already reached the “groupie” level and are likely to be turned off somewhere in the future by something they learn about him.  (I figure that some of these fickle folks will be turned off immediately after the Patriots defeat Denver on Sunday!)

My admiration for Tim Tebow is based on his trust in God and his willingness to go all-in as he lives out that faith in his high-profile life.  If his future has him struggling on the field and/or off the field, he still belongs among us folks who love God and also strive to live out that faith in our world.

I consider Tim Tebow a Christian brother of mine. We share a faith in which we recognize that God blesses us in so many ways.  We also share a faith in which we know that our mistakes are ultimately relation-breakers with God and need to be righted with him and those involved.  We also share a faith in which God promises to comfort His people in the struggling times.

What a God we have, don’t we Tim!  Go Pats!

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