Tim Tebow leaves on-deck circle to greet autistic boy, hits homer (vid)
The Legend of Tim Tebow took another heartwarming turn recently when a kindhearted act lifted the spirits of a young fan with autism.
During a game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Charlotte Stone Crabs on July 29, Tebow left the on-deck circle to greet and shake hands with Seth Bosch, then 9, who was standing behind the backstop netting.
And to further add to the expanding legend of the now-professional baseball player, Tebow hit a three-run homer in his at-bat immediately after the encounter.
Seth has high-functioning autism and also suffers from neurofibromatosis, “a genetic disorder that produces tumors on the nerve tissue,” per a Tampa Bay Times report, as well as a tumor behind his right eye.
Seth, now 10, became overwhelmed due to his up-close encounter with Tebow and began to cry upon returning to his seat and parents.
“When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying,” Ileanna Bosch, Seth’s mother, said. “And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”
Tebow later met with Seth after the game and posed for some photographs.