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NL East: Mets prospect Tim Tebow helps man having seizure

NL East: Mets prospect Tim Tebow helps man having seizure

By JAKE SEINER

Tim Tebow comforted a fan who was having a seizure, praying and talking college football with the man after the former NFL quarterback played his first baseball game in the Arizona Fall League.

"I just remember just being very disoriented," Brandon Berry told The Associated Press by phone. "Then I saw Tim."

Berry had the seizure Tuesday following a game in Glendale, Arizona, held at Camelback Ranch, the spring training home for two major league teams. Tebow stayed with Berry for 15 to 20 minutes until paramedics took him from the stadium.

The 30-year-old said he was OK at home in nearby Avondale after being released from the hospital.

Berry said he doesn't remember much after the seizure, except that he told the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner that he cheered for Georgia -- an SEC rival of Tebow's Florida Gators.

Daniel Kelly, a Tebow fan from Casa Grande, said he met Berry early in the game. Kelly was getting a baseball autographed by Tebow, a minor league project with the New York Mets, when the seizure began.

"He's just shaking violently," Kelly told the AP. "We're like, `Get a paramedic! Get a paramedic!'"

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Kelly said he and his wife, Samantha, began to pray. Kelly then looked up to see that Tebow was also praying while placing a hand on Berry's leg.

Kelly said Berry appeared unconscious for about 30 seconds before coming to with a coughing fit. Officials from the stadium tended to him while awaiting paramedics from the Phoenix Fire Department.

Kelly, celebrating his 43rd birthday at the game and wearing a Mets Tebow jersey, posted video of Tebow waiting with the fan on his Twitter page.

"An amazing moment," Kelly said. "It was a miracle moment that happened there."

Kelly said it was near 100 degrees at the stadium and that Berry was with him in the sun for most of the game.

Berry said he has been having seizures since 2013 and was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in January. He had an MRI Tuesday to monitor his condition before going to the game.

Berry said he isn't a Tebow fan but that he went to the game to take in the spectacle of seeing a superstar, albeit from another sport.

"Like seeing somebody like Chipper Jones when I grew up watching," said Berry, originally from Hayesville, North Carolina.

Tebow, recently signed to a minor league contract by the Mets, went 0 for 3 and also ran into the outfield wall chasing a flyball for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

The Nationals visited several Washington D.C.-area little league baseball teams on Saturday before their afternoon game against the Padres.

The Nats’ Youth Baseball Uniform Program enables the team to get involved in their community. In addition to visiting local youth teams, the Nationals give all each player a jersey, a hat and the opportunity to come to a game at Nats Park.

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The goal of the program is to “breakdown and minimize financial barriers that can prevent kids from playing baseball.”

Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer were among the 10 Nats who went on the community visits.

Harper at one point encouraged kids not to settle for losing, saying “as much as they might tell you it’s okay you lost - no.”

Giving back to the community has always been important for the Washington Nationals, and all the players - from little leaguers to major leaguers - seem to enjoy it. 

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Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper had been in a little bit of a slump heading into Friday's game against the Padres, but in the seventh inning, he got back to what he does best. 

With a full count and a runner aboard, Harper launched an absolute bomb that landed in the third deck down the right field line at Nationals Park. That means a new seat will be painted red where the ball landed. 

Check out the blast for yourself: 

It was the 15th homer of the year for Harper, which leads the National League. 

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