Yes, you read that title currently. There are bets being made on whether or not Tim Tebow will strike out… bets between a minor league team and all fans in attendance.
Tebow was recently assigned to the Mets Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies, to start the 2017 season.
The Columbia Fireflies are set to play the Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox minor-league affiliate, from June 13 – 15. Sounds all nice and friendly right? Well, then comes this tweet from the Drive:
That’s right. If Tebow strikes out three times throughout the series, everyone in attendance will get free Burger King Whoppers.
Anyone want to go the game with me? I love a good cheeseburger more than anyone.
Evidently, this isn’t the first time that the Greenville Drive’s Twitter account has trolled Tebow. In fact, last time it happened, the Columbia Fireflies noticed…
So there it is: Free Whoppers are (potentially) happening.
During Spring Training, Tebow appeared in seven games for the Mets. He batted .200 and had four hits and six strikeouts.
Therefore, is it a reach saying Tebow will strikeout three times in three games? No, I don’t think it is at all. (Should I not be saying that? Sorry, I’m being a realist right now).
Also, to clarify, as much as the Drive has picked on Tebow in the past, this is a promotion they do do often.
The Drive General Manager Eric Jarinko had the following to say about it, especially post Twitter backlash:
"“It’s a promotion we do every night where we pick an opposing batter… We kind of saw (the promotion) as an opportunity that when the Fireflies come here – we already know who that person is going to be, and it kind of snowballed from there. It’s interesting to see. When it comes to Tim Tebow, it’s been this way his whole career, from college football to the NFL to now. You can spark a lot of conversation around him."
Oh, and the Drive gained approximately 1,000 followers on Twitter after sending out the above tweet about the promotion. Solid.
If you like baseball, Tebow, free cheeseburgers, and will be in South Carolina in June this summer, maybe you should look into getting tickets for this series. Just a thought.