Gino Spadaro: April 11, 2017
Ah, Tim Tebow… What’s not to love about this guy? For years he has consistently exemplified the whole idea of proving doubters wrong. People said he could never play quarterback in the NFL, and what did he do? Win a playoff game as a starter and shocked the entire league. Now, people are doubting that he can play professional baseball, and in my opinion, I would not be shocked one bit if we see Tim Tebow in a New York Mets uniform by the end of this season or start of next.
Right now, through four games with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, Tebow is batting .235 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s. Now from a statistical standpoint, nothing about those numbers make your eyes pop open or jaw drop, but another statistic might catch your attention. This is Tim Tebow we are talking about ladies and gentlemen, and what we must know is that, where ever Tim Tebow is, a crowd will come. Last year, during the Fireflies inaugural season, an average of 3,785 fans came out to watch each game. This season, for Tim Tebow’s minor league debut, 8,412 fans came out to watch.
Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, has a maximum capacity of 41,922 seats. According to baseball-reference.com, last season they averaged 34,440 fans a game, and the year before that, 31,725. Now, that isn’t bad by any means, but with thousands of seats on average left unfilled per game, that is leaving a whole lot of money still on the table for the Mets organization. Even if this is for seat-filling purposes, I don’t see a scenario where Tim Tebow remains in the Minor Leagues. At the end of the day, there is one thing I can guarantee you. If a Tim Tebow call-up were to occur, you can bet your mortgage that Citi Field will be filled to the brink.