Tim Tebow is an event. He’s a headline. The man is pure click bait. Heck, it worked to get you to read this piece, didn’t it? That said, he does have a tremendous batting practice swing and a name that sells tickets. So why would we think of Tim Tebow leaving NY Mets?
Tim Tebow leaving NY Mets
But here’s the thing – The New York Mets are a serious team with serious goals in 2017. So they’re not about to waste their time with a distraction as they try and win a World Series. Sure, they’ve brought Football Jesus to their spring training facilities and will throw him a bone in terms of preseason game action. But does anyone really think that they would give this guy legit at bats in the middle of a divisional race? The Mets will sell some jerseys and then flip him to another team. But where? Here are my picks.
Tampa Bay Rays
If there’s a team that could use any kind of buzz it’s the Rays. From the heights of playing in a World Series and having the most charismatic manager of our time to being a last place team with no one coming out to see them, the Rays need a spark. I’m sure they’d get a lot of ex-Gators fans making the trip to see him play.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels used to be relevant and a must-see team. But lately they’ve become a shadow of their former selves. They’re Mike Trout and a bunch of other players. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Enter Tim Tebow and he could be the Disney savior that will make them a marketable team on and off the field.
They’re one of the most hated franchises because of their soon-to-be ex-owner. Nothing says goodwill and exercises demons than by bringing in one of the most squeaky clean athletes of all-time. Tebow in Florida is money!
Tebow to the A’s would be a sideshow for sure. But this team could use some excitement and something to switch the topic away from how bad their stadium is.
My pick: I’d say that the Rays would be crazy not to trade for him. They’re in the American League and so the DH is an option, and they’re in the state of Florida, where Tebow is king. Pull the trigger, guys!
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.