Mets sign Tebow but he looks more like ‘Sideshow Tim’ than player

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow loses his footing as he fields a ball during outfield drills at USC's Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles during a private baseball tryout. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow loses his footing as he fields a ball during outfield drills at USC’s Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles during a private baseball tryout. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Take  down the tents and load up the elephants: The circus is moving on to New York.

On Wednesday, after a week of stalling, I wrote a blog saying if the Braves signed Tim Tebow, it would be more to generate revenue and stir misguided fan frenzy in their minor-league system than it would be for baseball reasons. Because … there were no legitimate baseball reasons.

This morning we learned that Tebow will sign a minor-league deal with the New York Mets.  Seems so right. So that ends that. Mercifully.

But I have a quick question before moving on to real news later today. Does it strike you at all that Tebow has become “Sideshow Tim”?

When Tebow played quarterback at Florida, he was one of the greatest college football players any of us had ever seen (understanding the nausea that statement causes in Athens). He was a dreadful NFL quarterback and never should have been expected to be great, given his skill set, but he got people excited and teammates liked him and he was earnest in his attempt to succeed.

Then “Sideshow Tim” was born.

When Tebow could not get another NFL team to look at him — though he gave it a nice run with stops in Denver, New York (Jets), New England (preseason) and Philadelphia (preseason) — he had two choices: continue trying to play football or go into a lucrative career of just being Tim Tebow (broadcasting, speaking, raising money for personal causes).

If Tebow was serious about football, he could have easily landed a contract in the Canadian Football League or the Arena Football League. But he passed.

Now, almost 12 years after having last played organized baseball, he decides to take up the sport again?

Can the, “Sideshow Tim Reality Show,” be that far away? I can understand a former pro athlete’s need to scratch that competitive itch. But this whole baseball exercise strikes me more as publicity for his foundation or whatever his next venture may be. Or even just, “Look at me.”

Maybe he should change his last name to Kardashian.

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sci
sci

I don't understand the mean spirit Schultz exhibits about Tebow.  At least Tebow is trying to accomplish something by getting into baseball.  I hope he succeeds and silences the haters out there.

Pavoloco
Pavoloco

Call him whatever you want, but you're writing about him to sell this fishwrapper, so he cant be all bad. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

What is it about this good, I think "Righteous" young man that rubs folks so raw?......sign of the times?......Revelations perhaps?.....get your heart right Schultzy!

Schweigen
Schweigen

Just reiterates the differences between the professional Yankees and the clowns they call the Mets 

dtanner311
dtanner311

these old has been athletes can't stand not being in the spotlight anymore, always got to have their ego's stroked

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Great ,

I guess Tebow will start in advanced Class A Port St. Lucie(Florida ) and move up through the Mets minor league system. Or maybe if he is serious he will report to the fall instructional league ,also in Port St. Lucie and get a head start on 2017. 

So Glad that maybe this will put  an end to Schultzie and Bradley's reportage on Tim Tebow, clearly both don't think much of Tim's chances to become a baseball player.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket @Buschleaguer Yeah! What has Tebow done to make him a pariah? The guy is not unlike many souls searching for a place in life. Schultz would write BS on his mother if it drew attention.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Buschleaguer Don't get the Tebow smashing either BL.....Schultzy might have never been picked first when choosing sides in a backyard game?.....may need counseling?

Falcons63
Falcons63

At least Schultz won't have to bear the shame of reporting on a team that would sign Tim Tebow. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Falcons63

Instead he gets to report on all  the ATL pro sports teams and their many (ONE in 50 years) championships.

Classof98
Classof98

I hate to break it to you, baldy, but all of sports is a "sideshow".

Classof98
Classof98

"Maybe he should change his name to "Kardashian".  Well if so, that makes Jeff Shultz a TMZ paparazzo.  You must be so proud.

DawgNole
DawgNole

I still think he'd be valuable on a football team in some position--given his power, size, above-average speed (for that size), and mental drive.

But he severely limited his potential by refusing to seriously consider playing a position other than QB.

In any event, I'd rather see him on a football field than listen to him in a broadcast booth. TV commentary definitely isn't his area of expertise.

Speaking of which, does he now drop his SEC Network gig?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Haters gonna hate