THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
I'm not a Tim Tebow fan. Maybe I've said it before. We could dissect it for days, but we don't have that kind of time.
So when Tim Tebow was being "trolled" by the Charleston Riverdogs this past season, was it reason to laugh? Actually, no.
Earlier this season, when Tebow was with the Columbia Fireflies (the single A affiliate of the New York Mets) and the team visited the Riverdogs (the single A affiliate of the New York Yankees), the Riverdogs decided that their entire scoreboard should be dedicated to Tebow in a way that mocked his success to this point. Every Fireflies batter had their name removed from their picture and replaced with the phrase "NOT TIM TEBOW" while the backdrop of their picture was changed to Tebow's infamous crying face from his college football days.
Following some backlash, General Manager Dave Echols apologized solely for the possibility that the public relations stunt might have offended some people. There was no apology to Tebow or for anything that was done...just in the event that they might have rubbed people the wrong way.
Say what you want about Tebow and his minor league career, but nobody really deserves this type of classless behavior. You would even expect better from an organization directly affiliated with the New York Yankees, a team known for their class and professionalism.
Even Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson came out as calling the whole thing very "minor league," but noted Tebow would know how to rise above all this.
As for Tebow, he got the last laugh. Shortly after this event, even though his statistics may not have warranted it, Alderson promoted Tebow to High-A Port St. Lucie.