After a month of mediocre playing and disappointing losses, the Mets have got their swing back, and now a shot at the wild card doesn’t sound nearly as farfetched as it did at the start of August. They’ve gone 14-4 in their last 18 games, climbing over two teams to get into a tie in the wild card race. That was at least what Mets fans were thinking of when they went to bed last night. This morning, they were met with a completely different piece of news: Tim Tebow was signed to a minor league contract.
Tim Tebow is most famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) for his time in football. A very good college quarterback, his career with the NFL was cut short after an uninspired season with the Jets, which made him one of the most hated players in New York. He hasn’t played baseball in 12 years, but for whatever reason, the Mets signed him. This foray was supposed to be a marketing stunt, a well-attended professional workout. An assessment of Tebow’s workout noted that he had some power, but was “carved up” by mediocre pitcher David Aardsma and couldn’t throw. Tim Tebow isn’t known for his baseball, and even as a quarterback was more well-known for kneeling in prayer before plays (known as “Tebowing”).
For whatever reason, however, the Mets are allowing Tebow a chance to redeem himself, turning into an easy source of home runs in a far-off town like Binghamton or Columbia. Yet that’s unlikely; Tebow hasn’t played baseball in 12 years, and he’s not off to a good start. This is also a team with finances so shaky that they could lose Cespedes. Tebow could get them some publicity at spring training, but that won’t do them much good if Cespedes is playing for the Phillies next year. The Mets need all the help they can get to make it to the playoffs this season, and things like this threaten to harm their image.