The Binghampton (N.Y.) Double-A Baseball “Rumble Ponies” were rained out on Sunday afternoon. And, in a Friday interview, Steve Spurrier, new Orlando head coach in the Spring Alliance of American Football league, appeared to “dampen” talk of one of the most famous Gators of all time playing for him in February.
However, don’t just close the door just yet, on it being Tim “Tebow Time” in Central Florida come next February.
First, Spurrier made his comments on the “Paul Finebaum” t.v./radio simulcast about having reached out to Tebow to join him with the AAF team.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 22, 2018
Spurrier went on to deliver the bad news for the moment: “certainly we’d love to have him….He said ‘Coach, I’m gonna keep swinging the bat and see what happens.'”
“Swinging the bat” for Tebow includes having joined the Mets Double A team for this season. He did go 2-4 in Saturday’s game in New York state. And, he’s currently hitting “so-so” with a .256 average and only a modest on base percentage of .318 at the moment. Tebow does have 17 extra base hits, including five home runs in 63 games for the Rumble Ponies.
We have written previously that it’s the Mets desire for on-filed but also box office and marketing reasons to have Tebow to join the big club, when the rosters expand to 40 players in September. And clearly, Tebow continuing to ride the minor league buses, and stay in the 2-3 star hotels in small cities to prove himself, has silenced critics.
The Mets stand at 31-44 Sunday near the halfway point of the MLB season and likely won’t be in the playoff picture. Importantly for Tebow and his television career on the SEC Network though, a September call up would put his media career on hold.
As for the football, Tebow is a hero among hundreds of thousands of Gators fans in the state. And, the Orlando AAF franchise will be willing to wait, as their training camp process won’t crank up until after the baseball season has ended.
Waiting for Tebow and getting him to agree to play would easily represent 10,000 or more additional fans in ticket sales for the first few games beginning in February.
And, the league will reportedly pay some players in the mid-six figures, and Tebow would qualify to make the high end.
So, Friday’s Spurrier comments are discouraging, but not final.
Not until Tebow hypothetically shows he can hit Major League pitching on at least a partial basis, which we won’t know for three more months.
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