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  1. tawk2 says:

    Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day to all moms! I won’t lie this one has been hard only 4 months since I lost my son. I hope all mom’s had a blessed and great day!

    • BuzzyBuzzard says:

      i am think of you and am so sorry
      Buzzy

    • ck says:

      Tawk2 saddened to hear of your son’s passing and praying God will wrap his arms of encouragement and comfort around you. Keeping you in my thoughts/prayers.
      You deserve a medal…
      Thank you for your kind words on Mother’s Day and always, Tawk2.

      • tawk2 says:

        Thanks ck, it was hard and I felt guilty being so down, with my hubby and our daughter. They understand and are still grieving too. I am glad and all mom’s had a great day! I would never wish this eternal pain on anyone. Thanks again.

        • TheMascotArmy says:

          Tawk2, I’m sorry to hear that as well. I lost my son 4 years ago, and it is horrible. I think that guilty feeling is a sort of blessing that encourages you to try to act “normal” for your daughter’s sake. Don’t feel guilty when you find yourself in a moment without sadness.

          • ck says:

            Sincere condolences TMA and very wise words.

          • tawk2 says:

            I am so sorry for your loss. As you know it’s a pain like no other and a piece of your heart is gone. Thanks for your caring words. Again so sorry for your loss, maybe our sons have met in Heaven, I know they are watching over us.

        • ck says:

          Your welcome and wish you all the best and can only imagine…
          Think it is hard to lose anyone you are close to and, especially, family.
          At least we know we are not alone and God puts people across our path for a reason when we least expect it or so it seems.

          • tawk2 says:

            Thanks ck your words touched my heart. Yes loosing someone close breaks your heart. I just always wanted my children to out live me. I know my Josh is in Heaven and at peace. Thanks again.

  2. Sage says:

    Looks like Tim beat out another grounder yesterday on a fielder’s error. That seems like about 10 of those, in perhaps no more than 110 at bats. I wonder if this is statistically rare.

    He sure is getting practice on the dash to first base.

    • Danny says:

      Reached on Error (ROE) is a stat that is unfairly not added to any type of batter production. It cheats the batter out of any credit for offensive production as the ROE get treated the same as outs in a batters slash percentage. The batter that reached on an error has the potential to score a run where the batter that got out does not.

      Baseball does not keep track of ROE, but there are those who have spent a significant amount of time filtering through game logs and extracted data that reflect players who tend to reach base on errors more often than others. Check this link out for example.

      http://retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/error_art.htm

      It’s the kind of page our stat guru David would only love. Perhaps he can make some sense of the data points and how Tebow would fit in with some of the major leaguers.

    • David says:

      Tim has a very high percentage of bases on errors according to the article. I think they should use the radar guns. If the ball comes off the bat faster than the pitcher threw it, any infield error should count as a hit if the runner reaches base. That would give credit for power and speed. Also, if the infielder had to dive on the ground, then gets up and makes a bad throw, that should count as a hit for ball placement by the batter.

  3. David says:

    Fireflies win the first game of a double header 6-1.
    Tim was 0-3 with 2 SOs and a fly out to the warning track in left field.
    Tebow has been on base in 27 of his 30 games.
    2nd game will start in 25 minutes. Humphreys will pitch. Fanti, who threw a no hitter against Columbia, will pitch for Lakewood.

  4. David says:

    Be like @TimTebow. His teammates mimic his every move.
    https://twitter.com/MetsFarmReport/status/864243130308198400

  5. Sage says:

    Clearly all the sitting is what Tim needs.

  6. David says:

    Fireflies lose 2-1 in the second game.
    Tebow is worth roughly an additional $44,200 per night
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/sal-benefits-tebow-effect/#pmJLEWxq57iMRMvI.97

    • ck says:

      Yea, according to the link, that’s 3.1 million if he plays in 70 games on the road and not counting what he brings in for Columbia…big payday, indeed! Can’t say the fans don’t appreciate how special Tebow is and not often seen in a role model w/character that shines through in everything he attempts to do. GO TEBOW!
      Thanks, David, for the link.

  7. ck says:

    Thanks, Buzzy! Happy Mother’s Day!(Belated). Can appreciate how nice it is to have a memorable day (went out for lunch and had seafood plus, free chocolate cake…yum!). Definitely surprised/loved getting homemade cards from GCs and daughter’s/husband’s gifts were very thoughtful.
    Believe what is important is being around people you care about impov and counting your blessings too!;D (That’s my new “blessed” motto. LA)
    God bless all on this site for making it one of the best!!!;) 🙂

    Fireflies:
    5/16 @ 6:35 p.m.; 5/17 off; 5/18 @ 7:05 p.m.; 5/19 @ 7:05 p.m.; 5/20 @ 7:05 p.m.;
    5/21 @ 2:05 p.m.; 5/22 @ 7:05 p.m.

  8. Danny says:

    Tim back in the lineup tonight, batting 6th playing LF. Game time 6:35 Eastern.

    This is the last day of the road trip before coming home for a few games.

  9. David says:

    1st at bat. Tim fouls twice and lines out to 2nd.

  10. David says:

    Top of the 4th-2nd at bat-bases loaded, 0 outs. Tebow hits to 2nd baseman who tags the runner and throws Tebow out at 1st for a double play. Paez scores. Next, Ramos strikes out. Score Lakewood leads 3-1

  11. David says:

    3rd at bat-Tebow, with 2 outs, hits again to 2nd base and he bobbles it. Tebow reaches on an error and Paez scores. 3-2 Lakewood
    Sanchez singles to right and Tebow advances to 3rd
    Sanchez steals 2nd.
    Lindsey walks to load the bases.
    Ramos singles to left and Tebow and Sanchez score, Lindsay is thrown out at home plate to end the inning. Columbia leads 4-3
    Crowd is cheering Tebow as he scores the tying run and is responsible for the first 2 RBIs. He has no hits in his last 10 at bats or this entire series. Go figure.

  12. David says:

    4th at bat- With 2 outs, called out on strikes leaving 2 on base.
    5-3 Fireflies.
    Tebow misses a fly ball after a long run in left field for an error. There are 7 errors in this game.

  13. David says:

    Tim ran down a fly ball at the left field line for out 1 in the bottom of the 9th.
    2 more strike outs and game over. Columbia wins 5-4.
    Tim was 0-4, 1 run, 1 strikeout, 0 RBIs AVG is .227
    2 runs scored on Tebow’s batting but he didn’t get credit because he hit into a double play and reached on an error.
    Tim had a very productive game if you don’t look at the stats. He had a hand in 3 of their 5 runs.

    • Danny says:

      Appreciate all the in-game updates David!

      Tonight’s game just goes to show anyone that follows the game is that batting statistics can be meaningless gauges of a player’s ability.

      Tebow goes 0-4 with a strikeout and hit into a double play. Sounds ugly doesn’t it?

      Tebow had a hand in the Fireflies scoring 3 of their five runs, including a run scored on his own. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

      Yes, this was the same game.

      He also makes a nice catch in the ninth inning for the first out to stop a rally from starting for Lakewood.

      Sometimes it’s the little things that all count up in the end.

      Lefty pitching is difficult for him now. Usually if the batter and pitcher are both left handed or right handed, the pitcher has the advantage. Some players work through that. Tim has a lot to work on, but he’s doing fine.

      The fans in Lakewood got a real treat seeing Tebow. Listening a little more to last nights game found loud cheers for Tebow, but a lot of cheering for the other Fireflies when they did well too. So that told me a lot of Mets fans came down to Lakewood and were cheering for the Fireflies.

      • David says:

        Very good points. The recap that they wrote doesn’t mention Tebow’s name.
        It’s an automated recap, so if you don’t have stats you don’t get mentioned. The machines have taken over.
        “This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from and in cooperation with MLBAM.”
        http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2017_05_16_colafx_lwdafx_1&t=g_rcp&sid=milb

        • ck says:

          Not liking the “Automated Insights” that’s for sure. More insight from you guys!

        • David says:

          Contrast the artificial intelligence article with the recap written by a human. The fact that Tebow was driving in runs and scoring with power and speed to erase a 3-0 deficit is unavoidable when a person watching the game explains it.
          https://www.milb.com/fireflies/news/columbias-comeback-clinches-series/c-230700996/t-196097278
          This reminds me of how people would use the first Kansas City game in 2011 to try to criticize Tebow’s football skills. He threw only 8 passes they would say and only completed 2. I would point out that he also scored a passing TD in 8 attempts for a 101 QBR and scored a rushing TD in 9 rushes. Tebow scored 14 of his team’s 17 points to win 17-10.
          It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a QB beat an NFL defense with only 17 touches. It must have been the first time they had seen it too. But he had a 25% completion percentage, so nothing else matters.

          • Brandi says:

            Baseball America just had a Scouting Report done for them by an MLB Scout. When you read the detailed report, there’s a couple things I’d maybe take some issue with, like he, IMO, undervalues Tim’s speed. But it has more nice, good and some just plain glowing things to say than negative ones.

            You’d never know that from any of the Media Outlets carrying it’s headlines and tweets. They make you think you’re about ready to read something that says “This is a total joke”. And it’s definitely not that. He basically says right now Tim is a middle of the pack prospect who, if he isn’t called up to the Majors this September will be next September.

          • Brandi says:

            Oh something else from this MLB Scout. In the section about extras, work, etc. he says straight out Tim Tebow is the man you hope your son grows up to be. His biggest issue in the whole report was the time Tim’s been away from the Game to which he says…If there’s anyone who can pull this off it’s Tim Tebow.

            You’d never get any of that from the media reports about it.

          • David says:

            That’s great news, Brandi. I like his chances to play in NY, too.
            Tim seems to play worse in away games and I hope that he is able to snap out of this small slump quickly. The crowds may be a little more demanding and distracting for him at away games because they may only see him once this season. The home crowd is calmer.

          • Sage says:

            69theafro points out that 4 of the 8 passes were scored as drops.

            mike mccoy is the broncos OC again this year, and if they lay an egg it won’t surprise me. Guy is NOT that slick, even after being trained by Peyton Manning.

          • ck says:

            Huge difference and actually tells the “whole” story…hmmm

          • David says:

            Sage, that doesn’t surprise me because Decker had a 16.95% drop rate and Thomas had a 13.5% drop rate of catchable passes. Elway replaced veterans Brandon Lloyd who could catch anything and Jabar Gaffney (2.5% drop rate in 2012). In 2010 with Lloyd and Gaffney, Tebow ranked 1st in the NFL for TDs per completion and 5th for TDs per attempt.

      • ck says:

        Thanks, Danny, and appreciate your recap instead of the “ROBOT”!

  14. David says:

    It reminds me of “all he does is win”
    Mets fans tweeting
    Kevin Cieri‏ @kevin_cieri 59m59 minutes ago
    I just saw Tim Tebow, the Mets’ future savior, play some ball down in Lakewood tonight…all I can say is I hope…

    Portly_Pete‏ @jrcoleman009 1h1 hour ago
    I think tebow and fireflys are better than these mets @NjTank99

    Joe‏ @hof803 1h1 hour ago
    Replying to @illMattic_ @Mets
    Tebow will be here soon

    Tebow reaches-another angle
    https://twitter.com/gusdog14/status/864635609809334272

    • ck says:

      They see hope on the horizon and believe he is of the mindset to make it happen!
      Thanks for all the great updates David and Danny…nothing short of amazing!;D
      Yes, TEBOW AND THE FIREFLIES WIN ANOTHER ONE!

  15. Danny says:

    Tim will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight (5/17).

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/guest/tim-tebow/289479

  16. ck says:

    Not much action b/c they had the day off on Wed. (Bet Danny and David could use the day off too!) Thurs. game time: 7:05 p.m. and hoping for a win!;D

  17. Bubbaelvis says:

    I have really enjoyed following Tim’s games. I really hope he makes it all the way to the Mets lineup but even if he doesn’t it has been great seeing him play and enjoying himself. He plays for the love of the game. It must feel great to him to play and not have all the stuff he had going against him in the NFL. As long as he keeps swinging he will start finding hits again. He is overdo for a homerun.

  18. Danny says:

    Columbia Fireflies back home after a long road trip.

    Tim is batting 6th playing LF tonight. Game time 7:05 Eastern.

  19. ck says:

    Fireflies leading by 1 run in the bottom of the 6th..YEA!

  20. ck says:

    Tebow up to bat: 2 balls, 3 strikes in 7th:(

  21. ck says:

    Top of the 10th and still tied.

  22. ck says:

    Bases loaded w/Paez up to bat. WIN 3-2 FIREFLIES!!!!

    • David says:

      Their coach replaced the pitcher and probably whispered in his ear. “Throw a wild pitch and get us out of here. See you at the bus.”

  23. ck says:

    Now for the recap from the experts (Danny/David)—Great night for the Fireflies!

  24. Danny says:

    It’s not often that a wild pitch decides the game, especially in extra innings! Columbia wins 3-2 in 10 innings.

    Merandy Gonzalez had another good outing, no runs in 7 innings.

    Tim had a walk, a strikeout and two ground balls to 2nd. He was up with one out in the bottom of the 9th with the game tied 2-2 and by the sounds of it he took a couple of hefty cuts at pitches. I think he was thinking home run to end it. That would have dominated the news cycles for a day or two if he did.

    Tim continues to have a good eye at the plate. He’s not chasing any bad pitches. They are pitching him outside a lot and trying to get him to chase low stuff. He’s doing a good job of laying off those pitches.

    Tim only had one play in the outfield, which he fielded a line drive base hit in the 8th inning.

    A great win for Columbia tonight. Next game 7:05 Eastern tomorrow night.

    • ck says:

      Thanks for the analysis, Danny, and had to look up “wild pitch”. They get an automatic walk when it is errant and that is interesting to know. A “WIN” no less even if unusual.

      • Danny says:

        A bit of a primer of the definitions of “wild pitch” and “passed ball”, which really is the same kind of event that is judgement of the official scorer whose fault it is. Both are the result of the pitcher’s pitch.

        A wild pitch basically means a pitcher throws a ball that the official scorer deems that the catcher couldn’t control. A passed ball means that the official scorer deemed the catcher could play it but didn’t.

        It’s up to the runners on base if they think they can advance. If they do, then the official scorer makes a ruling whether it was a wild pitch or passed ball.

        The runners on base can be thrown out trying to advance, so they have to make a good judgement whether or not to advance.

        Actually on ball 4 or strike 3 a batter can attempt to advance as many bases as they can if there is a wild pitch or passed ball.

    • David says:

      Good to hear those positive points about Tim’s play, Danny. The hits will come. I’m happy for the win for the Fireflies in a great game.

  25. Danny says:

    Tim batting 8th playing LF tonight. Game time 7:05 Eastern.

  26. David says:

    WV wins 3-1
    Tim was 0-2 with a walk.
    He reached 1st base while hitting into a force out at 2nd base.
    And he grounded out to 3rd and was thrown out by a half step after the 3rd baseman knocked the ball down.
    In the 7th inning, Tebow reached 1st on a walk. With 2 outs, Cone hit a pop up which landed behind the 2nd baseman. Tebow tried to reach home plate from 1st but was thrown out at the plate.
    I haven’t seen any video.

    • Danny says:

      One touch in the outfield tonight as well, tracking down a ball in deep left center for a catch and the 3rd out in the 4th inning.

      Thanks for the updates David, looks like Tim’s making things happen on the basepaths.

    • Sage says:

      Gracias.

    • Danny says:

      I was just thinking about this tonight! I saw the same picture but from a reverse angle a few days ago on twitter that I was planning to dig up and post. This one is much clearer and closer too.

      Pretty awesome. There’s no denying, that’s for sure.

    • ck says:

      Believe that is a definite “sign” and miraculous…so glad that fan (Migliori) and his sons were there at the right place and at the right time…pretty amazing! Thanks for posting, David.

  27. Danny says:

    Even though Tim is still finding ways to get on base, he is having some struggles at the plate, currently on a 0-15 hitless streak.

    Some great players like Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter have had their own extended hitless streaks, Ventura once had a 0-41 streak and Jeter 0-32.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/30/sports/baseball-jeter-anemic-at-0-for-32-is-a-crusher-at-1-for-33.html?_r=0

    Like these players, Tim has the mental focus to overcome that. And who knows, this could be another part of his development phase.

    As long as the Mets aren’t concerned, neither am I. Between this season, instructional, AFL, and spring training, he might have 200 professional at bats so he’s still early in the process. Still looking for great things ahead!

    • Sage says:

      The hitless streak followed a period in which he played only a few games in a couple of weeks. Such is not unlike his early struggles in the AZ Fall League and his early struggles in the Grapefruit League.

      In football, action sharpened Tim’s attention. Likely so in baseball too.

      I don’t recall specifically, but did you or David point out that Tim was hitting better while playing defense rather than DH?

      • David says:

        I haven’t seen a stat on it but I thought he comes out a little cold when he’s the DH. It takes more to loosen up old people.:)

    • David says:

      He’s hitting the ball a lot and helping the team to score. When he gets the ball up and out of the infield, he’ll start getting some hits again.
      Thanks for putting it in perspective, Danny.
      Some advice for Tim from a former Met.
      “When you come to a fork in the road. Take it!” Yogi Berra
      In 1998 the quotation appeared in “The Yogi Book” as noted at the beginning of this article. Berra declared that he employed the phrase while explaining how to reach his house to Joe Garagiola.
      In 2009 the biography “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” by Allen Barra was published, and it included a wonderfully appealing rationale for Berra’s famous remark. While traveling to Berra’s house one may choose the left fork or the right fork and both are acceptable decisions because both efficiently lead to his house:

      Tim Tebow actually uses a Yogiism. “Ya gotta believe”
      More Yogiisms
      https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Yogi_Berra#Yogiisms

    • ck says:

      As predicted, Danny, he finally got a home run! Nice post btw.

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