September 28, 2016

Tim Tebow hits a home run in his first at-bat...

... in his new baseball career. Just instructional league. Not bigly Big League.

27 comments:

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Just instructional league

So is that Tebow playing Tee-Ball?

Michael K said...

Interesting that the press follows this guy around hoping he will fail at anything he does.

Wilbur said...

Hmmmph. Went opposite field off a lefty.

We used to call it Dialing Eight (long distance).

AJ Lynch said...

What Michael K said. I am rooting for Tebow to make it at least to Triple A.

Sebastian said...

@MK: "Interesting that the press follows this guy around hoping he will fail at anything he does." Right. Let's all think about why that might be. It couldn't be that the MSM, god forbid, carries a kind religious or political prejudice, could it?

tim in vermont said...

http://www.golfchannel.com/media/tim-tebow-crushes-driver-343-yards/

The guy can swing a club with some power, that's for sure. And some control.

John Christopher said...

He just saw his last fastball. Let's see how he can handle curves and sliders from here on out.

tim in vermont said...

I saw Trouble With the Curve too, John. A pretty good movie.

Michael in ArchDen said...

He was also an excellent college football player; didn't translate to the bigs.

FullMoon said...

How fun is that?

gnorance is Bliss said...

Just instructional league

So is that Tebow playing Tee-Ball?


Baseball is something you assume every American knows how to play. Watching kids play T-Ball dispels that notion in a hurry. It is great to watch them run the wrong way and do crazy stuff, all while having a good time.

Bricap said...

Anybody who has that kind of athletic talent already has a better than average chance, regardless of how much he played baseball before. In Tebow's case, he hasn't played organized baseball since high school. He's 29 now, which is a bit late to start, but if he gets it, he should pick it up faster than if he was 18. I guess we'll know more come March.

Char Char Binks said...

FullMoon said...

"Baseball is something you assume every American knows how to play."

Used to was, for anyone over age ten. I'm proud to say my son has never played the game.

Bay Area Guy said...

Gotta love Tebow -- how and why he became "controversial" was a huge, crummy joke. True, his throwing mechanics were not so hot for an NFL QB. But, the barrels of ink wasted on him for his "other" activities (hint - Christian beliefs) became quite irritating.

Good for Tim.

Chuck said...

The temptation is to compare him to Kirk Gibson. (Gibson was an All American wide receiver at Michigan State.) But Kirk Gibson played on a high school baseball team that went to the state finals, and he hit .390 in the year that the football staff allowed him to play baseball for the Spartans. (Until I looked him up, I'd have sworn that he played baseball for three seasons at MSU. At the same time that he was playing quarterback for Michigan, Rick Leach was an All-American in football and baseball and won a Big Ten batting title.) Anyway, Gibson was something of a known baseball prospect when he came out of college after having been a star football player.

Tebow hasn't played baseball since he was a junior in high school.

Here's a great headline:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/08/23/tim-tebow-wants-to-play-baseball-this-wont-end-well/

The east/liberal sports writing cabal sure loves to knock Tebow.

Bob Ellison said...

Oh, my, that NYT web site has gone big-time annoying with the you need a subscription attitude. Wouldn't even let me close the stop, I got it box.

More and more news sites are doing that. They're all gonna die soon.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Char Char Binks said...

I'm proud to say my son has never played the game.

My sons each played a little baseball, but switched to lacrosse as soon as they could. In lacrosse you get to hit people with your sticks. That's frowned upon in baseball.

Static Ping said...

FanGraphs did an article on Tebow's chances. In the plus column, he does have excellent raw power, scoring 70 on a 20 to 80 scouting scale. However, there have been lots and lots of players with a 70 on raw power that became a 20 in game power since they cannot hit major league pitching. It is difficult to hit home runs when striking out every at bat. It does look nice in batting practice.

Tebow's chances are very long. Still, it may be fun!

Fabi said...

He also never took the ball under center. A big problem in the pros.

Nice young man -- I hope he does well.

Chuck said...

dang, I should have added that the additional reason I brought up Gibson was because this is Vin Scully's last week calling baseball, and he is forever linked with that Gibson homerun in the World Series. Gibson was 30 or 31 when he hit that bomb. Older (and having consumed a few more cocktails) than Tebow.

Patrick said...

"saw Trouble With the Curve too, John. A pretty good movie"

Loved that movie. Of course it's difficult to imagine not liking anything that Amy Adams is in.

EMD said...

I'm proud to say my son has never played the game.

Strange thing to be proud of, but to each his own.

Char Char Binks said...

@EMD

You're right. I should have said HAPPY instead of proud. I really don't like baseball.

Ipso Fatso said...

Tim Tebow to professional baseball will be what Tim Tebow was to professional football. He ain't gonna make it. Good for him for trying.

David said...

The new Great White Hope!

So far he's ahead of Michael Jordan in the baseball department. Can't do better than a homer in the first at bat.

How did the other at bats go? My guess is not as well since they are not mentioned in the story.

Anthony said...

It's really too bad he wasn't a mediocre gay player, then the press would be touting his AWESOME TALENT endlessly.

Bay Area Guy said...

You have all these a-hole sports writers arrayed against Tebow, which forms a good perspective of how generalized leftism works.

Tebow was a great college QB.

Tebow had only 1 "good" NFL season (the Bronco run, where they beat the Steelers in OT)

Tebow did not have a good NFL career.

Tebow may or may not make it in baseball, but at age 29, the odds are greatly stacked against him

But he's vocal Christian, so for some reason, he is viewed as a pinata.

Oh well. Another reason to vote Trump, I reckon -- it will invariably piss off the type of sportswriters who don't like Tebow.

traditionalguy said...

Philippians 4:13 is a basic thought when facing Major League pitching. Without it, just sit back down now.