Tim Tebow is finally a New York Met — as a DH in Spring Training, that is. It’s been known for some time that this was going to happen, and Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed it on Monday night. Tebow will start at DH in a split squad game against the Red Sox on Wednesday, and may even play in the field on Friday.
But there are two rather larger news items attached to this. One:
“I don’t think he’s going to make our team … ” Collins said.
That’s a rather amazing quote, even when referencing an Arizona Fall League player. For a manager to go out of his way to state that a player is likely not going to make his team is a rather pointed rebuke. In this case it’s like Collins is saying “There’s no way Tebow would even be here except for his celebrity and name recognition.”
Actually Collins said of Tebow:
“I think it’s great for our organization. He’s a pretty famous guy.”
One would think that Tebow’s presence on Wednesday would boost ticket sales, then. But so far, nothing.
A team source said that they had seen no real bump in ticket sales since the Mets confirmed that he would making his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. The split squad game at First Data Field against the Red Sox was already expecting a big crowd with just some general admission and standing room only tickets available when it was announced.
Friday’s game against the Astros has more tickets available.
And now we’ll finally get a real taste of what Tebow is like as a hitter. The Red Sox are expected to start 2016 American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. The game will be on nationally at 11 a.m. (ET) on MLB Network.