Tim Tebow Wants to Take a Swing at the MLB
Tim Tebow will take a shot at professional baseball. As soon as the story broke, live on ESPN’s Mike and Mike, the sports world turned to Tebow for a ratings boost.
Every major sports station was looking for something to talk about other than the Olympics — the biggest sporting event in the world — and Mr. Tebow suddenly reared his head from relative obscurity, his eyes basking of the luminescent glow of the reporters camera lights once again. Tebow is the lightning rod of the sports world, equally hated and loved.
Twitter was immediately ablaze with equal praise and insults. Some former heralded ball players, like Gary Sheffield, offered praise while others were a little more harsh towards the former college football star and NFL starting quarterback.
Former pitcher Dontrelle Willis quipped, “Tebow might rethink that when he gets 98 under the chin.” He might be right, but Tebow seems unflinching in his quest. He will not be relegated as a “side show in the minors” as he put it. No, sir. Tebow is here to play ball in the MLB. He’s here to change his reputation from dull NFL Quarterback to dull MLB outfielder.
Can It Happen?
Tebow’s athletic ability can hardly be questioned. He is a superior athlete with incredible drive and ability. Tebow has a reputation for being the first one in and the last one out, day after day, week after week, staying positive and setting the example for his team. He was a former star in high school with both football and baseball and has quality skills built from his early days playing ball.
However, the big leagues are a difficult nut to crack. Players with Tebow’s quality of talent coming from high school can spend years in the minors, playing in fall, spring and summer leagues before they get their first crack at the majors. Most don’t last very long.
But Tebow has been known to do the impossible. He was beloved at the University of Florida by fans, teammates and coaches. He was the first sophomore to win a Heisman trophy, voted MVP of his college team 3 years and helped them win a BCS title. He went into the pros and had a more than memorable win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs — a game that capped a season full of unbelievable comeback wins and major fanfare.
Tebow had seemed to finally arrive, but his success was short lived. He was eventually passed around and let go, briefly showing up as a football analyst, briefly trying to make a comeback in the NFL.
Somehow he had become the “Kardashian” of the sports world, being famous simply for being famous, still getting air time on TV, still getting mentions in the world of Twitter, still staying on top. Then he lets loose the bomb shell, detonated over live TV and radio, hosts scrambling to find the last guy to try two sports. They apparently couldn’t find Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson so poor Danny Kannel was thrust onto the stage, people dying to know is it possible? Can Tebow do it?
That of course is to be seen, but have no fear, the media coverage will be extensive, exhausting, and infinite. Tebow will catch fly balls, hit from the cages, grab grounders, and throw home. He will do this over and over and it will be seen on every sports channel at least until the NFL regular season games start.
Then they’ll show Tim Tebow taking snaps back at Broncos camp ten years ago and roll the baseball footage again.
To hell with the Olympics, Tebow is back.