An MLB scout offers his opinion of the UF quarterback's chances as a pro baseball pitcher.
GAINESVILLE -- UF quarterback Tim Tebow threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday night before the Gators' home baseball game against the Miami Hurricanes. Well, to be accurate, Tebow threw two first pitches.
Lefty's first effort went all the way to the backstop. Pretty funny considering Riley Cooper was the ceremonial catcher. Cooper, of course, is a receiver on the football team and a right-fielder on the baseball team. He's also Tebow's roommate. I've never seen Tebow so nervous.
Cooper hustled to get the wild pitch and tossed it back to Tebow for another try. Tebow's second effort was much better. After the quick show of encouragement from Cooper, Tebow went into the stretch wind-up one more time and this time hit his target. Fastball. Just for kicks, I went into the stands and talked to a pro scout about Tebow's effort. The scout played along.
Tebow's MLB scouting report: "The kid's got a nice little three-quarters action going for him; a little natural movement on the heater," said the scout, who requested anonymity. They always do.
"Could he make it in the pros?" I asked. "After all, that's what everyone wants to know these days."
"Needs to lose some of that bulk," the scout said with a smile. "Not very flexible."
The crowd's reaction to Tebow's wild pitch was SOOOO funny. You could actually hear people gasping. As it turns out, the wild pitch was a bad omen. The Gators lost to Miami 8-5. No.12 UF (5-1) and No.10 UM (4-1) resume their weekend series at 2 p.m. today and play at noon on Sunday.
Tebow wasn't the only recognizable Florida sports figure in attendance on Friday. UF coach Urban Meyer watched from the press box. (But didn't want to speak to any reporters.) Basketball players Nick Calathes, Chandler Parsons, Adam Allen and Vernon Macklin watched from the stands.