If you’ve followed the minor league baseball world recently you might have come to a similar conclusion as myself, like football, baseball probably won’t work out in the long run for Tim Tebow. Tebow was signed to a minor league contract by the Mets and in his debut went 0-for-3 and ran into the outfield wall chasing a pop fly. However, it pains me sometimes how often people forget that there is more to an athlete than their stat line, especially with the case of Tebow.
In a sports world today where people are wowed almost daily by a Giancarlo Stanton 450-foot home run or a Lamar Jackson eight-touchdown performance, it’s easy to overlook the fact that athletes go beyond the numbers in a column by their name. And in light of recent reports of Tebow performing a miracle at a fall league game I think its important this be recognized.
The ABC affiliate in Glendale, Arizona, ABC 13, reported Tebow laid his hands on a man who had been unconscious for 30 seconds and the man regained consciousness shortly after.
I’m not trying to tell anyone what they should believe, or what actually happened. Personally I think a miracle happened, but either way Tebow is proof that he isn’t just in it for the fame. Tebow is one of the few athletes that has used his profession platform to inspire people to live for something bigger than themselves.
At a time in sports where arrests, suspensions and protests seem to be the next most relevant thing to the stat line it’s encouraging to see Tebow compose himself the way he has. Although Tebow was never an NFL pro bowler and most likely will never be an MLB starter. Even though he completed less than 50 percent of his passes during his career and will probably strikeout more times than he hits. Tim Tebow has proven and will continue to prove sports goes beyond the numbers.
Whether he was winning national championships and Heisman trophies at the University of Florida or sitting the bench in a fall minor league game, Tebow will always remind sports fans the opportunity professional athletes have to make an impact that lasts longer than a season.
The bottom line is Tebow arguably saved a man’s life signing autographs, and no matter how many times he strikes out in his “baseball” career, that won’t change.