Well, it happened.
The Mets tweeted their signing of Tim Tebow this morning, along with a large picture of Tebow’s face for anyone who had forgotten what he looked like.
Anyone who has remained unaware of this process over the last few weeks, welcome back to our planet, and here is a brief summary: Tim Tebow, Heisman Award-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators who spent a brief time as a Denver Broncos folk legend before flaming out of the NFL, has embarked on a professional baseball career. Despite doubts that he could face big league talent, Tebow showed off the skills he’d worked on with his trainer, former MLB catcher Chad Moeller, at a showcase attended by all but two MLB teams.
Reviews were mixed.
Spoke to multiple MLB scouts who said Tebow couldn't handle AA. One said he would be "eaten up" in Arizona Fall League.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 31, 2016
The Braves were the team most closely associated with bringing Tebow into the baseball world, with their GM John Coppolella publicly shouting his interest.
“Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game. It’s similar to when Michael Jordan or others have wanted to play. It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball.”
But this morning the Mets announced it would be their uniform the 29-year-old would be wearing as the next chapter of his sports career began. He’ll be sent to the Mets’ Instructional League and could even go to the Arizona Fall League this year. He has not played organized baseball since high school.