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Te-Boo! Jets’ new backup jeered at Yankee Stadium

One of the NFL’s biggest stars and the NBA’s Dwayne Wade took in the baseball yesterday in the Bronx. But they weren’t made very welcome.

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, sits beside New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, sits beside New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
Image: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

TIM TEBOW HAS work to do if he’s going to win over New York sports fans.

The new backup quarterback for the Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium last night when he was shown on the giant video board — even though he was wearing a Yankees cap.

Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos.

Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarising sensation in the process.

“I didn’t get a chance to see him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team’s 11-5 victory. “I would have loved to get a chance to see him and talk to him. I’m sure he’ll be back at some point. Obviously he’s going to be around a lot more now. But I’d love to visit with him at some point.”

Sitting next to Tebow was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, also booed when he was shown on the scoreboard earlier in the game. But those boos quickly turned to cheers when Wade held up his Yankees cap. Wade and the Heat beat the New York Knicks 93-85 yesterday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

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