On Sunday, Tebow hit a home run for the second time in his first three games with the Mets' Class A affiliate, the Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies of the South Atlantic League. Before signing with the Mets last September, Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, had not played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005.
I was all on the publicity-stunt bandwagon when the Mets assigned Tebow to the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Hey, anything to compete with the Yankees for the back-page headline.
Tebow failed to last as an NFL quarterback because he just did not have enough talent. It had nothing to do with a lack of commitment or lack of effort. If anything, his work ethic is why he actually played in 34 NFL games with 14 starts.
However, I’ve changed my mind since September when I wrote, “If Tebow can somehow pull a successful MLB career out of a failed NFL one, more power to him.