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Tim Tebow ‘really excited’ for minor-league spring training

Tim Tebow in all likelihood is disappointed over not being invited to the New York Mets’ major-league spring training. But the 29-year-old prospect nevertheless says he “really excited” to attend the minor-league version starting soon in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The former NFL quarterback probably had a case of déjà vu on Friday while making the rounds on radio row at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. But it seems Tebow has left his football career in the past while attempting to make a go of it as a baseball player.

“I’m just excited about it,” Tebow said, via the New York Post. “I really am. Just the pursuit every day, the daily grind, it’s so different on your body. In football you’re preparing for 16 Sundays. Baseball, it’s every day. It’s so different. I feel like that’s something I can try to bring to the game – that joy every day and loving to play every day. It’s going to be really fun.”

While Tebow didn’t land a coveted invite, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson nevertheless said Tebow would “be around” and see some action with the major leaguers. In fact, Alderson actually laughed when asked in November if Tebow would receive an invite to big-league camp.

Tebow’s underwhelming overall performance in the Arizona Fall League — a .194/.296/.242 triple-slash while going 12-for-62 with eight walks and an abysmal 20 strikeouts — made him a long shot at best to land an invite to big-league camp. It also elicited scathing reviews, with two unidentified scouts and one MLB executive used the terms  to “awful,” “stinks” and  “ugly” to describe Tebow and his play.

Tebow not surprisingly is remaining optimistic about his baseball future.

“For me, I don’t always know what to expect. It’s kind of new. I’m really excited for it,” he said.