At his first at-bat, Tebow swings for the fence

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It’s Tebow Time – again.

On his first pitch at his first at-bat as a professional baseball player, Tim Tebow swung for the fence – and hit a home run over the left-field wall.

Tebow, 29, was batting left handed during an Instructional League game between the Mets and the Cardinals. When he hit the homer, his teammates cheered wildly.

The former NFL quarterback, signed with the Mets earlier this month. While some analysts called it a publicity stunt, other experts noted that he had some natural talent.

It’s the first time that he has played organized baseball since high school.

This spring, Tebow told PEOPLE that he was hoping for more success – but his fate was in the hands of a higher power. “I never know where my life is going to lead me,” he said. “I just try to do the right thing and leave the rest up to God.”

“It’s great to be known for playing sports, and I’ve been very blessed to have the opportunities I’ve had,” he continued, “but obviously, my life is about more than that. So we’ll see what happens.”