The newest New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow is taking his opportunity to play baseball seriously and told Bleacher Report on Tuesday that his baseball career isn’t a “publicity stunt.”
Tebow started his first day with the Mets’ instructional league team on Monday. He defended his position to give baseball a shot and told Bleacher Report he didn’t have to defend himself from critics.
“This isn’t a publicity stunt, and it’s definitely not for money,” he said. “This is a pay cut for me to do this. I understand how hard this is and that a lot of people think it’s impossible. But [I am] passionate about the game of baseball. I love it, and I want to pursue it. Are you going to let the fear of failure or not making it get in the way of that? For me, failure is not going after it and letting the chips fall where they may. I want to be someone who goes all out and pursues what I love.”
And why did Tebow pick the Mets?
“It was more about the people than anything else. It was my relationship and talks with [general manager Sandy] Alderson, and their plans for me as a baseball player and as a person. I just felt like it was a great fit. It was something I was excited about, and we got along really well. I appreciated their interest in me [and] their plans to progress me. … I just felt most comfortable in my communications with them.”
Tebow can’t help the Mets out this season, but it will make the fall and winter more interesting if he still goes through with his career.