Why Tim Tebow is Good for Baseball
Word came out that Tim Tebow is making an attempt to play baseball. Tebow is holding an open workout at the end of the month to gauge big league team’s interest. It is well documented that Tebow played baseball in High School, but gave it up to pursue a career as a NFL Quarterback and since Tebow hasn’t played in two years it looks as if that dream is over.
Tebow turns 29 this Sunday, August 14th. It goes without saying but his window of opportunity is closing. Now the question is should a team sign him? The answer to that is a huge YES. Before you call me a 'Tebow fan boy' let me say this, if Tebow can play and is somewhat serviceable I say sign him.
With Tebow on your team he easily becomes the most recognizable player on the team. Baseball attendance and ratings are horrible. Baseball games are boring and slow; they cannot hold the attention span of today’s millennial generation. Now I am not saying Tebow will be the messiah and bring baseball back as America’s number one past time, but Tebow can be a jolt of lightning for certain teams to help with ratings/ticket sales. For example the Tampa Bay Rays (Tebow’s Home town state of Florida) averages about 16,500 people in attendance per game. It has gotten so bad the Rays have $2 Tuesdays where kids come to watch a game for two bucks. You mean to tell me the Rays can’t use some excitement? Once again, all of this is under the presumption that Tebow can somewhat play, it’s a low risk and high reward. Sign the ex-Heisman trophy winner to a cheap contract, let him play in the minor leagues (every game would sell out) and if he plays well then you keep him, and if he doesn’t you cut him. I can see it now, Skip Bayless, screaming “Unleash Tebow!!” and for one rare time I would have to agree.