Even though Tim Tebow has kept a low profile and approached the pursuit of his baseball dream with a yeoman’s work ethic, Tebow’s performance continues to thrust him into the spotlight.
Tebow has shown signs of improvement and flashed some natural left-handed power. He also recently helped preserve a win by making a diving catch in the ninth inning.
Now Tebow could very well find himself in an unexpected place.
A few months ago, it was an impossibility that Tim Tebow could’ve made his way onto an all-star game ballot. But he did.
From SEC Country:
Tim Tebow needs your vote to become an all-star.
The former Florida quarterback is listed as one of four possibilities — including a write-in vote — at left field on the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star Game ballot. Tebow, who’s hitting .221 (30-for-136) with three home runs and 14 RBIs with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies, is a possibility for the spot along with Greenville’s Ryan Scott, Augusta’s Jacob Heyward and any write-in candidate fans choose.
Just a hunch, but it would be a huge upset if Tebow didn’t appear in this all-star game. After all, the former Heisman Trophy winner has been a massive draw during his travels with Columbia throughout the season. Plus, what better way to draw attention for the all-star game than by having Tebow become the main attraction?
The jury is still out on Tebow’s potential as a professional baseball player. You have to give him credit for giving this experiment a try, though.
At the very least, perhaps he’ll be able to add “baseball all-star” to his already decorated resume.
The game will be held June 20 in Columbia.
Tebow’s popularity all but guarantees he will appear in the all-star game. Critics may say he shouldn’t be in the game based on merit, but the same argument is made at the professional level with sports that have a fan-voting component.
It’s an exhibition, so fans should be able to have a say in whom they want to see play. As the article mentions, Tebow’s inclusion will bring eyeballs to a game that the overwhelming majority of sports fans probably didn’t know existed.
It should also be noted that Tebow wouldn’t have made the ballot if his play were woefully inadequate, but he’s proven to be a competent baseball player with some intriguing tools.
In addition to the extra attention Tebow will garner, it’s not out of the question he’ll perform well. Throughout his career, Tebow has defied expectations. The game could be a good opportunity to see how he’s developing and if he warrants a call-up to the High-A level.
Fans will be eagerly anticipating the June 20th contest. Stay tuned.