According to multiple reports, including Sports Illustrated, Tim Tebow has been confirmed as a publicity stunt. The New York Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, admitted that the organization signed Tebow, at least in part, because of his celebrity status. I knew it. I called this from the beginning. Mets fans denied the claims at first, and so did the Mets front office. But now the truth is out.
“Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business. My attitude is, ‘Why not?'” Alderson said at a SABR Convention.
There it is, in black and white. Tim Tebow is playing baseball because he was famous. It wasn’t because he worked hard and earned the spot. But look at him now. He is all over the news. He’s gotten a promotion, hit several home runs, and is essentially tearing up the Minor League Baseball system. Is that a good thing? I believe the Mets are hoping his success will take the light off of the fact that he shouldn’t have gotten a start there, to begin with.
As I mentioned in a previous article about Tim Tebow, it would be a shame to know that there is someone out there working harder, with more talent and ability, to get where Tim Tebow seemed to have so easily landed. I wouldn’t even call it landed, so much as handed.
Can anyone doubt the success Tebow has had? No. But what IS in question here, is whether or not he should have ever been allowed the opportunity.
With such an in-depth Minor League Baseball system, there are thousands upon thousands of players in the game. Even more players are in Independent League Baseball and thousands more who just missed the cut. We are talking about guys who live and breathe baseball. Guys that have done so since they could play t-ball. Guys have worked hard, lived the grind, and continue the effort.
Did any of those players miss an opportunity so that Tim Tebow could sell a few jerseys and make the Mets some money? There is no doubt in my mind that this is the case. Statistically, it’s unreasonable to assume that Tebow was the BEST athlete that the Mets had to choose from to fill the position.
I find this disgusting. It’s a dishonor to the game of baseball, and a slap in the face to the thousands of players who are busting tail to get to The Show. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t famous. Because Tim Tebow is, he’ll likely play Major League Baseball before we know it. And not because he earned it, but because a dumpster fire called the New York Mets are suffering and trying to make a few bucks.
Shame on you Sandy Alderson. Shame on the New York Mets.