Mets minor-league OF Tim Tebow spoke with the media on Monday before hitting the field for his first official day of Spring Training.
"I just want to be able to continue the process, enjoy the process, enjoy every day, get to know my teammates and have fun out there," Tebow said.
In addition to taking part in the standard drills at minor-league camp, the 29-year-old Tebow will also participate in STEP camp, which is essentially life skills and media training for the organization's most popular prospects.
"This game's about our fans," Terry Collins said Sunday about Tebow getting attention on the other side of camp. "It will always be about our fans and - this guy - he's a special person."
This past offseason, Collins said he hoped Tebow is called upon later in spring training to help out in big-league camp during Grapefruit League games.
"I don't know him," Collins said. "I've never met him, but I know he's a tremendous competitor and I know he's a winner, and that's going to mean a lot in that big clubhouse full of young kids over there. ... I salute him for what he's trying to do. It's not going to be easy. It's going to be very difficult."
Tebow, who signed a $100,000 contract to join the Mets this past summer, hit .194 with a .296 OBP, no home runs, three doubles and 20 strikeouts in 19 games during October's Arizona Fall League.
"I think Tim Tebow should stick to announcing," ESPN analyst and former MLB scout Keith Law said on a conference call toward the end of 2016. "He was the worst player I've ever seen in the 10 years I've been going to the Arizona Fall League"
Mets GM Sandy Alderson told the New York Post in October that the next step of Tebow's career will be to compete this spring for a spot on a minor-league roster.
While Tebow showed improvements as the AFL moved on, MLB scouts told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone in October that he is still a long ways away from having the needed skills to be a big-league player. And at 29 years old, it's hard to imagine how he makes up for lost time.
Tebow spent time this winter training with former Mets infielder and current Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy in Florida, according to Dan Martin of the NY Post.
"It's just about the pursuit of baseball, the ins and outs. He is a total analyst of the game and works like crazy," Tebow told Martin about his time with Murphy "For us, it's been going over the little things over and over and over again. Talking pitches, out of the hand, how we're picking stuff up. That's what Daniel does that's such a different level."