Former quarterback Tim Tebow makes his baseball spring training debut for the New York Mets

It's not often a rookie making his spring training debut warrants national news coverage. But then again, Tim Tebow's never been typical.

The former NFL quarterback arrived at spring training for the New York Mets minor league team on Monday -- and, sure enough, the cameras were there.

Tebow, an outspoken Christian advocate in addition to athlete, signed a minor league deal with the Mets on September 8.

He focused on wowing the cameras with his hitting ability on day one, at knocking four home runs in the span of five pitches at one point during batting practice, according to CBS Sports.

His move from football to baseball has drawn a fair amount of criticism, but Tebow says he doesn't pay attention to it.

"I focus on what I can control. ... I'm not going to worry about what everybody's writing or saying," Tebow said.

He also says his goal is to get better and improve as a baseball player every day, not necessarily to make the team.

He's got plenty of room to improve. During his time in the Arizona Fall League Tebow had a .194 batting average with twelve hits and twenty strikeouts.

When he's not on the field -- football or baseball -- Tebow focuses his efforts on his charities.

Earlier this month his organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation, hosted a "Night to Shine" event. The prom-like event, hosted in many churches and designed to give special needs teens a special night, involved more than "75,000 honored guests through the support of 150,000 volunteers," according to his organization's website.

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One of the 75,000 Kings and Queens of #NightToShine 2017! #HaitiNTS
Happy Birthday Abby! I love you so much! @abbyawesome1010 @katie_tebow
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IT'S HERE! Check out the link in my bio for the Official 2017 Night to Shine Highlight Video featuring the never-heard-before song 'Night to Shine' by Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts! So thankful to my good buddy, Gary, for using his platform to help celebrate the Kings & Queens of #NightToShine through this new song. I hope you enjoy it! @rascalflattsnation

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