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“I was more excited about this than nervous,” Tebow said. “I was excited to be on a team and go through practice and learn the routine.”

With more than 70 media members and approximately 400 fans following his every move, Tebow did his best to ignore distractions and focus on what would normally be a quiet, unassuming day of workouts among the Minor League players. This wasn’t easy. Tebow was cheered loudly by onlookers for doing even the most mundane of tasks, like taking a practice swing and backing up a base, and at least 20 cameras were snapping his every move, every minute.

Wearing uniform No. 15, Tebow, whose showcase for scouts three weeks ago in Southern California drew as much media attention, said he felt much more comfortable working out in this environment. He also was firm with his stance that he is not seeking attention; he simply wants to become a better baseball player.

“You want every one of those guys in the locker room and the coaches to know that I’m just going out there to try to perform and get better and learn the system, just like they are,” Tebow said. “I think when you get to know each other, hopefully that’s what they find out about me. I am here to put in the work.”

Tebow worked out for scouts from 28 of 30 Major League teams on Aug. 29 at the University of Southern California, and he signed a Minor League contract with the Mets for a reported $100,000 bonus, with the understanding his baseball career would begin at instructional league.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, who won two championships with the University of Florida, last played competitive baseball in high school more than 11 years ago. Tebow last played professional football for the Jets in 2012, and he was signed by the Patriots in ’13 and the Eagles in ’15, but was released each time.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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