There’s a reason why Tim Tebow hasn’t appeared in one of the Mets’ first two Grapefruit League games, and it’s not because he’s afraid to show off his skills. New York announced on Sunday morning that the former University of Florida quarterback is dealing with a sprained left ankle and is day-to-day.
Tebow has continued to attract attention from baseball and non-baseball fans alike this winter. Not only did the Mets invite him to spring training in Port St. Lucie as a non-roster player, but then Sandy Alderson told the press that Tebow was destined to play in the major leagues someday. This is all fine as long as the Heisman Trophy winner continues to improve his play while earning his way to the majors, but many fans suspect that Tebow will be promoted without merit in an effort to drive publicity and ticket sales.
Skeptics assumed that Tebow wasn’t long for baseball when the Mets signed him to a contract last year, especially since he has maintained part-time work as a college football analyst for ESPN. To that extent, Tebow has proven some people wrong by sticking with his new job and grinding through the less-than-glamorous minor league lifestyle alongside his younger teammates.
At last for now, Tebow appears to be plenty committed to baseball, so don’t expect a little ankle sprain to slow him down. He should be appearing in Grapefruit League action sometime soon.