SportsTim Tebow Starts New Baseball Job by Asking for a Ton of Days Off
Tebow is officially a member of the New York Mets organization! Now about that vacation time…
So it happened. The New York Mets, having learned nothing from their rhyming football counterpart, decided to take a flyer on Tim Tebow. The Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal, which will send Tebow to Port St. Lucie, Florida for the the fall instructional league. It's an exciting day for Tebow, who surprised people with his power at his tryout a couple weeks ago. I mean it's always exciting when you get a new job. You'll make new friends. You go to work at a new place. You request a large number of days off before you even start. Wait, what now? What about that last one?
That's right, Tebow is keeping his job as an analyst for ESPN's SEC Network. Here's ESPN's statement via The Big Lead:
"Tim is fully committed to his role at SEC Network and ESPN this fall,” ESPN senior vice president of event and studio production Stephanie Druley said in a statement. “We have always been supportive of Tim’s athletic pursuits. His new schedule will allow him to continue as a college football analyst on SEC Nation this fall."
In all seriousness, it's easy to use this as a reason to invalidate Tebow's attempt to make it as a baseball player, but it seems pretty reasonable to me. I'm sure ESPN pays Tebow well and it would be dumb to end that relationship in favor of what might be a couple months of glorified baseball camp. I'm sure if Tebow sees success and advances beyond the instructional league, he'll reevaluate things, but for now I think we should give him a break. Also we should admire him for having the balls to ask for days off on day one of a job. That's pretty bold. In fact that's the kind of bold fearlessness that I'd want in an NFL quarterback. Hey, I wonder if he's thought about trying football?