Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball. https://t.co/9C09gJKK7K— New York Mets (@Mets) February 18, 2021
I'll be honest, I was embarrassed when the Mets first signed Tebow. It felt like a publicity stunt from day one to put a few more asses in the seats. Tebow provided haters yet another punch line to rag on the Mets about... as if they needed more ammunition.
However, I have to give Tebow credit where credit is due; the guy rode the minor league buses for years without making a peep. He came in not having played baseball since high school and got right to work. While he started off slow, to say the least, he worked his way up to become a respectable ballplayer. The dude hit .273 in Double-A in 2018. Put everything aside and recognize that's impressive. You're facing the best of the best when it comes to prospects in Double-A.
Reality came crashing down in 2019 when he hit just .163. The leap to Triple-A proved to be just as challenging as Tebow's jump to the NFL. It just wasn't meant to be.
Now let's get real. The old "Tebow took someone's spot" argument. It's true. Tebow was a bit of a circus act that was very likely holding down a roster spot of a youngster whose dream it is to reach the majors. There's no way around it. I hate to think someone was held up and might have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
Like it or not, baseball is a business, and business decisions were made to bring Tebow aboard. I have no doubt a large chunk of attendance figures in games Tebow played can be attributed to his presence. That's the bottom line.
How on earth is it possible to not like Tim Tebow? https://t.co/isrIlQ1AOU— The 7 Line (@The7Line) August 15, 2017
This is the moment Tim Tebow’s baseball career died. pic.twitter.com/XypKiRuwzD— Tim Reilly (@LifeOfTimReilly) February 18, 2021
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.