It’s funny. Just when you’d think the New York Mets have turned a corner—despite some injuries, they still have some of the best pitching in Major League Baseball—they go out and prove that they, after all, are still the Mets. In this morning’s case, that was arguably proven more than ever, as Queens’ team signed ESPN Analyst/College Football Legend/Failed NFL QB Tim Tebow to a minor league contract, for some reason investing actual money in believing that a 29-year-old who hasn’t played organized baseball since his junior year of high school could pay any kind of dividend.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 8, 2016
Well, I take that back. The reason is obvious, actually: the Mets are looking for whatever attention they can get, because obviously Tim Tebow won’t ever make any kind of impact in the MLB. After a showcase for MLB scouts last week, many noted that while Tebow was proven to be unable to throw a football in the NFL with any level of success, he also proved unable to throw a baseball in the MLB with any level of success. The Mets, apparently unconcerned with baseball skills, will play Tebow in the Instructional League, held from September 18th through October 8th.
Tebow, who last played in a regular season NFL game for the Jets in 2013, was an unquestioned supernova playing football at the college level. He led Florida to two national championships, becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 2007, on his way to becoming an unexpected first round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft. Of course, as he can’t throw a football, this didn’t quite work out, and the Jets regrettably bit on a trade for Tebow a few years later. Tebow was cut by the Jets after a single season, and after brief runs in camp with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, hasn’t gotten a bite since. He was spending time as a College Football analyst for ESPN before recently announcing, out of nowhere, his intention to play baseball. The Mets, for whatever ungodly reason, needed a taste of Tebow.
Again, though, it makes sense when you think about it. The Mets represented the National League in the World Series last year, while the Yankees were quickly knocked out of the playoffs, leaving many saying that the Metropolitans were finally on top of their crosstown rivals in the New York baseball hierarchy. But that run may be short lived: While this season has seen pitcher Noah Syndergaard—known as THOR, after the Marvel hero—emerge as a star, leader, and true stud, the rest of the team has been ravaged by injuries and plagued by poor management choices from Terry Collins. Just as the New York Jets once used Tim Tebow to try to get an advantage as far as press goes, the Mets are now implementing that same strategy. Let’s see how that works out for them.
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