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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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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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