Nashua’s Kevin McGowan focused on his own work in Mets camp
Nothing like Tim Tebow to draw a crowd of reporters and fans. That was the biggest spring training news coming out of New York Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at the end of February.
In case you missed it, the Mets’ most famous minor leaguer hit nine batting practice home runs in his first workout of the spring – with the team’s minor leaguers on Feb. 27.
Nashua’s Kevin McGowan had no clue Tebow had even reported to minor league camp at the time, never mind that his minor league BP session was stealing headlines from major league camps across Florida.
“All of that was going on down on the back fields,” McGowan said, “so we really weren’t part of that whole scene. The major league and minor league camps are separated, so we’re focused on our thing up here and they’re doing there thing down there.
“I still hang out with my friends – grabbing dinner or whatever – after workouts, but what happens during work hours is separate.”
With 11 Mets players taking off for the World Baseball Classic, Tebow will be one of the minor leaguers called on to fill the void for the next two weeks, especially with split squad games Wednesday and Friday.
McGowan will finally get his chance to experience The Tebow Effect firsthand.
“From all I’ve heard he’s a really good guy,” McGowan said. “Whether he makes it or not, that’s on him and what he puts into his workouts – just like the rest of us. We’re all here working as hard as we can to make a lifelong dream come true. He may be a big name and amazing athlete, but we’re all – all of us that aren’t on the major league roster – in the same boat. We’re all trying to prove ourselves, to reach the top, and make the dream reality.
“As long as he or anybody else that comes into camp is a good teammate, I don’t think any of us worry about the rest of it.”
Both are scheduled to see action on Wednesday.
McGowan is expected to throw in West Palm Beach, Fla., against the Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.) – which will be his fourth appearance of the spring – while Tebow is reportedly making his spring debut as a designated hitter versus the Boston Red Sox (1:10 p.m., WEEI 93.7-FM) at First Data Field, formerly Tradition Field, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.