Tim Tebow is still pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball.
But his baseball journey has been met with a lot of skepticism and criticism.
And Tebow was just thrown under the bus by this former minor league ballplayer.
Andrew Church, a 2nd round draft pick of the New York Mets who bounced around the organization’s farm system, was recently cut.
And on his way out the door, Church had some harsh words for a certain player.
Church never mentions Tebow by name, but his words were a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at him.
In Church’s lengthy Instagram post, Church said, “The Mets made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets. I say players lose their jobs because of it.”
It’s quite obvious that Church is referencing Tebow here, seeing as now there was no other celebrity figure in the Mets’ farm system.
Church continued, “We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly one player did.”
If what Church says is true, the increased revenue was due to Tebow’s presence.
People were not waiting to see the Mets’ Single-A and Double-A affiliates before Tebow came onto the season.
Also, former Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had already admitted that Tebow’s profile was the main reason he signed him.
Alderson said, “Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business.”
While Tebow’s initial signing might have been for buzz, he made legitimate improvements to his game and was named to the Eastern League All-Star game in his second season.
Tebow’s chances of playing in the majors are slim; he turns 33 this year, which is ancient for a rookie.
However, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Tebow gets a late-season call-up (assuming the baseball season is even played).
Regardless of how Tebow’s baseball journey ends, he’s done a commendable job in taking the endeavor seriously.
His managers have praised his work ethic and his achievement of shrinking the holes in his game.
For example, Tebow turned himself into a reliable outfielder after making a host of errors in his first season.
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