Tim Tebow is a national treasure.
It seems like ages ago since the superstar athlete was in the NFL, surprising everyone by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game.
And although he’s only in his second year of playing minor league baseball, the GM for the New York Mets recently hinted that he might not be staying there for much longer.
Tim Tebow is one of the great Christian athletes out there.
He’s the type of person who is resilient, the type that will never give up.
When the NFL stopped knocking on his door, instead of filing a lawsuit against the league (ahem), Tebow graciously moved on to ESPN as a commentator for NCAA football.
While he still does it occasionally, it wasn’t long before he realized it wasn’t his true calling.
In college, Tebow was a dual athlete in both football and baseball, so why not give baseball a shot, right?
Tebow decided to focus all his efforts on playing for the minor leagues and shocked everyone who doubted him.
Now in his second year for the minors, Mets GM Sandy Aldersonpredicts it won’t be very long until he’s in the majors.
“Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future.
Guess what? Mets general manager Sandy Alderson votes yes.
“Somebody asked me if thought he’d be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess,” Alderson said.
“This experiment is not going to last forever, but he’s made meaningful progress. We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp — that that would accelerate his development,” Alderson said.
The 30-year-old Tebow has already had success on another field. A former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at Florida, he reached the NFL and threw an overtime TD pass for Denver to beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
“As an athlete, you always want to be the best you can and play at the highest level, win a championship, be the best. We don’t compete to have fun, we compete to win. So you want to compete at the highest level,” Tebow said,
“I view success as being able to play a game I love every day,” he said. “If the best that I can be is in the bigs, that would be awesome. I believe in myself and want to strive for that.”
As for the possibility of never reaching the majors, Tebow said, “If that doesn’t happen, I won’t look back and regret playing baseball because I’ve already enjoyed it and put so much work into it and been fun.
There’s a difference between what you hope for and what you view as success.”
Tebow earned a midseason promotion from Low-A Columbia to High-A St. Lucie in late June despite hitting just .220 in 64 games in the South Atlantic League.
With St. Lucie, he started out strong. He was hitting .303 in his first 30 games with the St. Lucie Mets before slumping and ending his Florida State League campaign with a .231 average, five homers and 29 RBIs in 62 games.
Tebow said he learned from his first full year in baseball.
“For me, it was going into the offseason and knowing what I had to work on. It was my first time playing a baseball season in 12 years since my junior year of high school,” said Tebow, who is 12 pounds lighter than last spring.”
If nothing else, Tebow will at least sell tickets for any MLB organization.
But it seems like he will certainly have the talent too.