Tim Tebow isn’t willing be a sideshow, but he is willing to make some money on the side while he ties to get to The Show.
The Tebow baseball experiment is a con; the only question is the end game. Could the end game simply be merchandising?
Via Kyle Koster of TheBigLead.com, Tebow is selling signed baseballs for $125 and signed bats for $175. Whatever the demand may be, it surely was aided by last week’s obvious dog-and-pony rollout of his baseball ambitions, thanks to the dogged efforts of co-workers who would have been wise to ask Tebow to pony up a percentage point or two on the back end.
Tebow’s bought-and-paid-for baseball whisperer, Chad Moeller, recently claimed that Tebow could thrive immediately at the highest levels of a much-harder-than-it-looks sport.
“He could pull off .220 in the big leagues right now, without doing anything else, simply because his swing’s really, really good and his mental toughness is flat-out off the charts,” Moeller told the New York Times. If that were true, however, Tebow already would be under contract with a Major League team.
Maybe he will be. Maybe that’s still the end game: Adding him to an expanded September roster in the hopes of filling up stadiums, selling jerseys, scripting the ending to his Disney movie and, in the interim, selling signed baseballs and bats.
And if none of the other stuff happens, the end game will be selling signed baseballs and bats on yet another exciting trip to the bank.