Enlarge this imageAPThe Mets promoted Tim Tebow from low Class A to high Class A despite subpar numbers
“The guy we sent to see him in California did not exactly send back a glowing report”.
Alderson, who let everyone in on the “inside joke”, said the scout who went to Tebow’s workout was not impressed, so the Mets put the director of merchandising in the team media guide as the person responsible for signing the 29-year-old former National Football League player.
The Mets were the only team to show interest in Tebow following an underwhelming workout last August. “I knew immediately he would not want his name as the signing scout”.
“Ultimately, ” he added, “the guy that we put down was the director of merchandising”. The 500-plus attendees roared with laughter.
But Tebow also struck out 69 times in 214 at-bats over 64 games and walked 24 times to go with 47 base hits and 23 RBIs.
Alderson’s admission will no doubt herald a chorus of Tebow-haters in the sports media, as they celebrate what is, to them, confirmation that the Tebow signing constitutes nothing more than a marketing ploy from an opportunistic franchise with a bankrupt owner.
“Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business”.
Despite Tebow’s lackluster minor-league career, the Fire Frogs may be anxious about having to give away too much dirt, as they list the $50 promotional package as a “limited availability” opportunity.
But so what? At least Tim Tebow has the ability to make money. It just says that in the team’s media guide. The reason why Tebow moves merchandise is because people like and buy in to who he is and what he represents.
Tebow’s recent promotion from low-Class A ball to high-Class A likely will exacerbate those feelings for many minor leaguers, but Alderson thinks the former National Football League quarterback’s presence is good for the game.