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Tebow Visits Tampa Bay, After Another Kind Act

VIA TBT: Tim Tebow and Seth Bosch had never met until July 29 at Charlotte  Sports Park, where Tebow, playing minor-league baseball for the St.  Lucie Mets, was going against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Tebow and his  team will be in Tampa and Clearwater for eight games beginning Thursday  night.

But back to that brief encounter on July 29, one that turned into  something special, all of it captured on video by Seth's mother,  Ileanna.

Tebow, 29, was taking practice swings in the on-deck circle, waiting  to hit in the top of the seventh inning. Seth, who was 9 at the time (he  turned 10 on Aug. 6), was at the game with his parents and his younger  sister.

And he wanted to meet Tebow.

Seth, who has high-functioning autism, also suffers from  neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that produces tumors on the nerve  tissue. He has a tumor behind his right eye. He has a hard time playing  sports.

But he made his way down from the seats his parents had behind home  plate, over to the backstop netting near the Mets' on-deck circle. There  was a conference on the Stone Crabs pitching mound. A brief delay.  That's when Seth made his move. He began waving to Tebow to come over.

And Tebow came over.

Tebow and Seth shook hands through the netting.

Then play was back in. Tebow went to the plate.

And hit a three-run homer.

You can't make this stuff up.

"When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying," Ileanna Bosch said.  "And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that  happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together."

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