Mets 8th spot in the lineup gets a bit holier on Wednesday
Tim Tebow will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday as the Mets host the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field.
Tebow, who signed with the Mets last season as a minor league free agent, will be making his first appearance with the big club on Wednesday. He’ll be the designated hitter and will be batting 8th in the lineup. He’ll unfortunately be facing the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, Ricky Porcello, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for him to do much today.
Tebow has been getting a ton of press at Spring Training so far. This isn’t due to the fact that he’s a top prospect — he’s not — or to the fact that he’s likely to make the Opening Day roster — he’s definitely not. No, instead the media circus around Tebow has to do more with the fact that people love a show.
Tim Tebow has been an outspoken athlete about a myriad of subjects including his own Christian faith. He’s super likable on camera, and according to pretty much everyone that knows him, he’s all-around good guy.
The dude is also pretty jacked. No one can deny the fact that he’s an athlete, and has the physical ability and presence to at least attempt to play baseball professionally. That’s what makes this so intriguing to others.
After all, baseball is entertainment, and seeing someone that was as successful in college football play and attempt to make an impact in a completely different sport is fun.
Of course, a lot of Mets fans are already sick and tired of hearing about Tebow. He’s overshadowed some actual big stories in his short time at camp, so that just adds to the chip that most of us carry on our backs.
Also, if you’re on the “he’s taking up some other player’s spot that could have a chance to make it” camp, just drop that argument. Tebow will be playing in low-A if anywhere at all this season, and his teammates on that squad will likely have as much of a chance of getting to the big league team as he does.
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For now, we should instead try to embrace the chaos and circus that the Tebow train brings into town. It’s not like he’s going to make an actual impact in Spring Training, in turn forcing the Mets to give him actual consideration for this season. Right? That’s why we’ll be watching.