Tim Tebow has been on a hot streak with the St. Lucie Mets. The former Heisman trophy winner was promoted to the team just one short month ago. Some pegged the move by the Mets franchise as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
But Mr. Tebow wasted no time discrediting the naysayers. Since receiving his assignment on June 26 with the St. Lucie Mets, he has managed 26 hits with 10 runs, 15 RBI’s and 4 homers. In fact, one reporter wrote, “If he [Tebow] had enough plate appearances to qualify for rate stats, his .927 OPS would be third in the league.” Not too shabby for a quarterback, or even a seasoned MLB outfielder.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news for the 6’3″, twenty-nine-year-old lefty Tebow. And Tim is the first to put into perspective that his position is a long-shot in terms of a major advancement. “It’s a dangerous place to be as an athlete. You don’t want to think about that. I’ve got to think about the here, I’ve got to think about the now, I’ve got to think about what I’m doing…This journey isn’t just about the destination. It’s about every single day. It’s about the competition against the pitcher. It’s about the camaraderie with my teammates. It’s about enjoying every moment.”
Meanwhile St. Lucie Mets fans are enjoying every moment of Tebow’s 12-game hitting streak. His walk-off home run fanned the flames of his high-A fire.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed in a recent ESPN interview, “I don’t foresee that kind of scenario,” when asked how he felt about Tebow being called up to the Majors in September.
The New York Mets currently stand at 43-50. Although they won’t competing for a playoff position, the addition of Tim Tebow could inject some enthusiasm into the fan base.
And the way Tebow’s been playing, he might just inject some higher numbers into the Mets’ wins column as well.