The Mets are in ruins – the job of their manager is uncertain, their season too.
But 1,500 miles north of their Sunday deflated sweep, suffered at the low Marlins, came a ray of hope.
Tim Tebow launched his first home-run Triple-A, a ripping right that easily cleared the 330-foot wall of NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.
The Mets babies, like their big club, are still lost, though the NFL bust and MLB's long shot stole the show, as it always does. The 31-year-old, whose every evening is a show, was greeted by a teasing silence as he returned to the Syracuse canoe, and was then assaulted by his teammates shortly thereafter.
Tebow did not give them much pleasure in this season, his first in the final stage separating him from his dream of playing in the majors. He entered Sunday to hit .154 / .213 / .202, but seemed ready to burst late last week.
"I think I'm getting better, adapting to very good players, and I think it's important," Tebow said Thursday.
His striking coach agreed.
"I think he's feeling more confident lately. I'm sure he thinks he has not had a home run or a ball while driving, "said Joe Chimelis.
Tebow has his homerun now. If more follow, and the Mets continue to spiral, he may just receive this special call.