Before he stepped up to the plate, Tim Tebow took time say hi to an autistic boy. Then he hit a home run.

St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow waits for teammates to begin practice, following a news conference Aug. 10 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

On July 29, Tim Tebow went 1 for 5 for the St. Lucie Mets against the Stone Crabs in Charlotte, N.C.

 

But his one hit was a first-pitch, three-run home run for the Mets in the team’s 10-3 win that night.

The highlight, however, wasn’t Tebow’s three-run smash over the outfield wall. (Spoiler alert: Tebow, though, did play the hero.)

It came moments before, as Tebow stood in the on-deck circle, taking a few swings before stepping up to the plate.

That’s when Seth Bosch – who turned 10 this week – made his way through the crowd behind home plate to a spot near the on-deck circle – and into Tebow’s view.

Seeing Seth’s wave, Tebow made his way over to the youngster, stuck his hand out and shook the boy’s hand.

With cheers from the crowd behind him, Seth turned around, threw his fist in the air and made his way back to his seat, overcome with emotion, tears welling up in his eyes.

 

 

Seth’s mom, Ileanna, captured the moment on video. The Tampa Bay Times shared it on Facebook, where the video has been viewed more than 24,000 times.

It was a special moment for Seth, who has high-functioning autism and also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that produces tumors on the nerve tissue, Times sports columnist Martin Fennelly reported.

As Tebow took his spot at the plate, Ileanna tells her son that Tebow is going to hit a home run.

Tebow delivered.

Again.

 

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