The Mets signed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract today and is expected to play in the instructional league later this month. Tebow will be away from at times during that span so he can continue his television work. Tebow is already familiar with New York since he played for the Jets in 2012, and there were a variety of reactions to the signing today.
- Sandy Alderson stressed that this was purely a baseball decision and the organization was intrigued with Tebow’s raw potential. Tebow assured everyone that this was not a publicity stunt.
- David Lennon of Newsday thinks this signing is a win-win for both parties, and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN also sees no reason why the Mets shouldn’t at least give Tebow a chance.
- There are those who disagree with Alderson’s assessment. Joel Sherman of the Post thinks this could be more of a financial decision but that is not necessarily an outrageous way of thinking for the Mets, but John Harper of the Daily News disagrees. Hannah Withiam of the Post thinks there could be yet another reason why Tebow signed with the Mets.
- Some members of the press were concerned with the amount of press he gets. Brian Costello of the Post compared it to a circus and Ian O’Connor of ESPN likened it to a sideshow.
- Tebow’s former teammates with the Jets weighed in. Eric Decker talked about Tebow’s competitiveness, and Darrelle Revis cautioned about the amount of press he will get.
- So what exactly does the future look like for Tebow? Especially since he is already behind the younger players.
- Grant Brisbee thinks Tebow playing baseball is a gift to us all.