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Tim Tebow made a young autistic fan's day, and then went yard immediately after

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Screengrab from Tampa Bay Times video

Tim Tebow stood in the on-deck circle on July 29, preparing for an at-bat against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, when something caught his eye: A young fan was trying to get his attention.

Seth Bosch, nine years old at the time (he turned 10 on Aug. 6), has high-functioning autism, and he also suffers from neurofibromatosis -- a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. The disease left Seth with a tumor behind his right eye, but he was still determined to make his way from his parents' seats behind home plate at Charlotte Sports Park to the protective backstop netting near the Mets dugout. He really, really wanted to meet Tebow.

Soon after, the Stone Crabs called for a meeting on the mound. The umpire called time, while Seth began waving for Tebow to come over. Tebow was more than happy to oblige -- he walked over, said hello and shook Seth's hand through the netting. And then, as if ripped straight from a Hollywood screenplay, he hit a three-run homer:

The dinger was Tebow's fifth since being called up to the High-A St. Lucie Mets back in June, but it's safe to say that it's the most important one he's hit all year.

"When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying," Ileanna Bosch, Seth's mom, told the Tampa Bay Times. "And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen?"

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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