The odds were always against stacked Tim Tebow becoming a legitimate Major League Baseball prospect. After a decade away from the diamond, no amount of hard work, prayer and sexual abstinence was likely to turn him into a respectable baseball player.
But in case you were holding out hope that Tebow might add to his mythology by exceeding expectations for his baseball career, ESPN baseball writer Keith Law today published an ESPN Insider article today about Tebow’s baseball future that began, “Tim Tebow is in the Arizona Fall League. He might be better suited to playing in an Arizona high school league. His presence here is a farce, and he looks like an imposter pretending to have talent he does not possess.”
That was just the tip of the iceberg. Other quotes from the scathing article include the following:
“His swing is long, and he wields the bat like someone who hasn’t played the sport in more than a decade, which he hasn’t.”
“In left field, his routes look like those of a wide receiver, although he managed to eventually make his way around to a fly ball in left.”
“The Mets’ decision to sign Tebow for $100,000 … was a craven, mercenary move befitting an independent-league team desperate for the added revenue from ticket sales, not something a major league team with postseason aspirations should be doing.”
“The Mets had to use one of their AFL roster slots to send Tebow here, and he’s playing 3-4 days a week — because this is a part-time job for him — in place of, well, players who can actually play.”
“This is all in service of adding jersey sales, but if MLB and the Mets were being honest about this, the front of Tebow’s jersey would say “Avarice” in Comic Sans.”
Absolutely roasted. This has the tone of an ESPN employee who was so fed up with his company’s infatuation with the former Heisman Trophy winner that he decided to try to nip the Tebow Mets hype in the bud before it got out of control.
The best part about this article is that Tebow remains an ESPN employee. So after his attempt at a baseball career fails like Keith Law seems to think it will, I’d love to see these guys’ surely awkward interactions on ESPN’s Bristol campus.
Then again, if Tebow actually turns out to be at least a passable minor league player in the aftermath of this article, then ESPN will be able to sell his baseball career as a success. Life is all about managing expectations, after all, so maybe that’s the thinking behind allowing an ESPN writer to take a sh*t all over Tebow.