What a guy, that Tim Tebow.
The football-turned-baseball player, who plays for the New York Mets’ minor league affiliate, the St. Lucie Mets, was warming up before his at-bat when a young fan approached him.
The boy, nine-year-old Seth Bosch, simply wanted a handshake from the ball player.
Tebow obliged, of course, and shook Seth’s hand through the net, which brought the child to tears.
Seth’s mom, Ileanna Bosch, filmed the whole thing and posted it to Facebook. Skip to 1:42 to watch the heartwarming exchange.
In the video, little Seth approaches the net and waves Tebow over.
The athlete kindly shakes Seth’s hand, which prompts Seth to raise his fist in victory as he turns to the crowd.
As he makes his way back to where his equally-as-excited mom is sitting, he is overcome with emotion and begins to cry tears of joy. Bosch says later in the video that Seth had been trying for hours to get Tebow’s attention.
To make the moment even more special, Tebow hit a three-run homer just minutes later, which Bosch also got on video.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Seth has a high functioning form of autism and also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that produces tumors on his nerve tissue. Because of this, the boy has a hard time participating in sports. But that doesn’t stop him from loving baseball and the players.
“When Seth came back to his seat he was crying,” Bosch told the Times. “And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”
And Seth’s time with Tebow didn’t end with the handshake — it appears the Bosch family attended another St. Lucie Mets game, where Seth got a photo with his hero.
The original handshake video has been viewed more than 45,000 times.