Former NFL quarterback and devout Christian, Tim Tebow, was taking warm-up swings during a July 29 game between his St. Lucie Mets and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, when a 9-year-old autistic boy caught his attention.
Tebow’s biggest fan, Seth Bosch, made his way toward the athlete during the top of the seventh inning and began waving to him.
Seth’s mother, Ileanna, was videotaping the encounter and got emotional just seeing her son take the risk that Tebow may not see him or respond.
But Tebow, who was taking practice swings in the on-deck circle, noticed Seth, and made his way over to him.
He shook hands with Seth through the netting, as his mom — and many others in the crowd — clapped and cheered. Seth shot up an arm in triumph.
Seth began to cry as he walked back to his seat where his mom, dad, and younger sister awaited him.
Tebow then stepped in the batter’s box and, in the video, Ileanna Bosch is heard telling Seth that his hero would hit a home run. That’s exactly what Tebow did after greeting Seth: He hit a three-run shot.
According to the Times’s Martin Fennelly, Seth has high-functioning autism, and he also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that caused a tumor to form behind his right eye. Fennelly wrote that the boy “has a hard time playing sports,” but Tebow helped him experience a magical moment at the ballpark.
VIDEO (Twitter/YouTube) below:
Tim Tebow got out of the on deck circle and shook an autistic kid’s hand, then crushed a three-run homer ⚾️😭❤pic.twitter.com/UbYTGJ2EOs
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