There were more media members (14) gathered around Tim Tebow at Canal Park two hours before game time than he has RBI (eight) this season for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Such is the life for the charismatic 30-year-old, who fielded about nine minutes of questions from reporters before his team opened a three-game series against the RubberDucks.

It has become the norm for the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, who won two national championships for Florida and led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011.

“You try to just be gracious with it,” Tebow said. “You’re always grateful for the support. When the fans turn out, that’s a blessing, but at the same time they can be quick to boo you, too. I’ve had both sides of it often, but there’s been a lot of great support, especially when we have road trips in places like this. Anytime you get support, it’s good.”

Tebow, who hit a home run in his first at-bat against the Portland Sea Dogs on April 5, has flown through the New York Mets system and is batting .224 with a home run and the aforementioned eight RBI in only his second season in the organization.

The jump to this level has long been considered the biggest adjustment and Tebow believes that to be true.

“There’s talent from pitchers everywhere, but here you see a little bit more of a game plan from them and being able to execute that game plan,” Tebow said. “Depending on where you may be struggling at the plate or where the pitches are or what the pitches are, that’s one of the biggest jumps.

“They’re able to execute that game plan. Not that they don’t necessarily have it at the lower levels, they’re just that much closer to being able to execute it.”

The opposition’s take

While the average isn’t where scouts want it to be, the season is long and he has drawn rave reviews from those in the league.

Ducks manager Tony Mansolino coached against Tebow in the second series of the season and saw big things from the left fielder in just three days.

“Watching him take [batting practice], it was a professional BP,” Mansolino said. “A lot of power, a nice little swing, not a bad swing at all. Especially when you consider what his track has been at this point. That’s the biggest thing that stands out. … He’s definitely turning himself into a player that is giving himself a shot.

“He definitely sees a bigger picture than most young guys. People don’t have the perspective of life. I would imagine on that side, he’s got a calm and steady to him that most young players don’t.”

Football to baseball

There isn’t much of an overlap, but the athletic Tebow did say there are some similarities between football and baseball.

In fact, the pressures of both have helped him adapt to life in the minor leagues.

“I think hand-eye coordination, lateral quickness and explosiveness are things that translate to both sports,” Tebow said. “Baseball is a lot more of a skill game. It’s very much being able to have the fundamentals to process.

“Football doesn’t have the same skills involved. It’s just a bit different that way. You train more for the skills than you do the athleticism in baseball. You need both, but it’s a little different in the process of it.”

Tebow on Mayfield

It didn’t take long for reporters to ask the left-hander about his feelings on the Browns taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It turns out, Tebow, who was taken in the first round of the 2010 draft, is a big fan.

“I think he’s a very special player,” Tebow said. “I’ve been saying that for a long time. Even through some of his controversial things, I think he’s got an impact that not a lot of players have. I think he’s got a chance to be special.”

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