The Tim Tebow train just revealed its newest passengers: some of baseball’s greatest talents in the MLB All-Star game.
ESPN asked several stars during the week to give their thoughts on Tebow, who was promoted to the High-A St. Lucie Mets last month.
Their answers might surprise you, as the consensus was very pro-Tebow.
“He’s been doing a great job,” said Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer. “I think it’s great for him to believe in his dream and try to follow it.”
Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies said, “I’m pulling for him, to be honest with you. I want him to do well; I don’t want to see him fail. You’re going to fail in baseball because it’s baseball, but I want to see him do well.”
Astros pitcher Lance McCullers chimed in: “For anyone to take that long off of baseball and do what he’s doing — he’s a freak athlete, I know that for sure.”
But perhaps his biggest praise came from potential teammate Michael Conforto, the New York Mets’ only All-Star this season.
The outfielder played a game with Tebow on a recent rehab stint in Port St. Lucie.
Conforto commented, “He always takes good at-bats, he’s got a good eye, he doesn’t chase, and I really think that’s half the battle in the game of baseball as far as being a good hitter.”
There is no doubt that the converted NFL football player has made significant improvements since embracing the new sport, as Tebow is currently hitting .318 with nine RBIs in 14 games with St. Lucie.
— St. Lucie Mets (@stluciemets) July 7, 2017
When asked about the possibility of Tebow making an appearance in New York this coming September, Conforto didn’t shy away, stating, “From spring to the one day I got to see him when I went down on [July 6], he looks like a much better player already. If he just keeps getting better, who knows?”
Arenado said he’d enjoy seeing Tebow in the big leagues: “Heck yeah, I’ll watch him. I hope he goes deep four times in his first game.”
The biggest advice from the All-Stars came from Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley: “Just keep working. It’s a process. It wasn’t easy for a lot of people. Dude’s got to keep grinding through it and try to get better every day.”
While some players were skeptical of Tebow when he first announced his baseball intentions, it appears he is winning over many of them with his work ethic and drive.
According to Fulmer, Tebow is in “good hands” with his current coaching staff in the Mets organization.
As he continues to work toward a spot in the majors, Tebow has to know a lot of people — not just fans but fellow players — are rooting for him to succeed.
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