Tim Tebow discusses what assets he brings to the Columbia Fireflies, despite being newer to baseball after a career at the NFL. "There are a lot of guys who have maybe been playing baseball for a long time, but I have been competing for a long time," he said. "I can still motivate them."
Spirit Communications Park, the city-owned baseball field where the Fireflies play, have a few new changes and upgrades for the upcoming season. Chief among the changes is that Gregg Street, previously under construction during the team's first season last year, now is paved and has street parking. Other changes include a healthy foods cart, a customize-your-own-hotdog cart, garage doors that will rise to allow fans to watch batting practices, painting and other sprucing up.
Jack Tannehill, a middle school student in Oxford, Miss., recently smacked a home run during batting practice, but instead of admiring his work, the young man quickly realized his shot to right-center field was headed right at a moving car.
Infielder Christian Colon and pitchers Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy attended a candlelight vigil for teammate Yordano Ventura, who was killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. The emotional gathering was held outside of Kauffman Stadium on Jan. 22, 2017.
The Heisman trophy winner and former NFL football player was signed by the New York Mets for $100,000 in 2016 after not having played baseball since graduating high school in 2006. After completing the franchises fall instructional league and playing in the Arizona Fall League, Columbia Fireflies President John Katz said there is a good chance Tebow will play in Columbia, S.C. on Opening Day.