Once again, Mike Rizzo was caught napping. While his prize $175 million porcelain doll, Stephen Strasburg, was out hurting himself — once again! — the Mets were out solidifying their next seven World Series titles. Savvy New York signed the single best athlete flying under the radar, Tim Tebow, to a steal of a rookie league deal. Tebow will be reporting to the instructional league in Florida soon, but don’t expect him to stay long.
That’s because leadership like Tebow’s just won’t be held down for long. His genuineness will shine through, and he’ll likely break next Spring Training with the major league club. If rules would allow for it, Tebow could probably help with the Mets playoff push right now. That’s just how good he is.
This move is so smart by the Mets. They get a National Champion and NFL playoff-winning talent for nearly peanuts. Compare this to bloated and wasteful Washington. Much like its federal fanbase, the Nats are busy spending hundreds of millions of dollars overpaying for injury prone (Strasburg), old (Ryan Zimmerman), overrated (Jayson Werth) players who haven’t won anything yet (Max Scherzer).
Oh sure, they have talent, but where is the leadership? Where is the person who will command the locker room and bring is guys together, willing them to victory? What Tebow lacks in baseball acumen, he more than makes up for in his ability to rally his teammates, making everyone better. Unlike the brash, selfish, showboating Bryce Harper — who is all about himself — Tebow is all about his fellow man. He has proper values and understands what it means to be a teammate. He’s willing to sacrifice anything — ANYTHING — for a win.
Sure, folks will point to his less than amazing statistics in the NFL, or that his teams went 14-21 in the 35 games he played, or his inability to catch on with any other NFL team. But statistics don’t encapsulate the fact that all he does is win.
This is why Washington will never truly compete with a classy franchise like New York. Everything the Mets do is about winning and creating a culture of winning. From the brilliant way they handled Matt Harvey and their other pitchers, to bringing home Jose Reyes after he was wrongly ostracized for making a mistake, they are the anti-Nats. A guy like Tebow adds to that culture. Sure he will be a rookie when he inevitably makes this team, but his teammates will understand and appreciate his veteran presence.
New York brings in a player like Tebow who can help set a good example for a mistake prone player like Reyes. Compare that to Washington, reflecting its reputation as the District of Corruption, by celebrating convicted criminals like Werth.
There is hope if you’re a Nats fan. The Lerners might wise up and clean house, getting rid of idiots like Rizzo who likes his “prospects” better than pennants, and overpaid “I have a boo boo” crybabies better than championship rings — but I wouldn’t hold my breath. This is the franchise that got rid of Rob Dibble, after all. This gNats luck can’t last forever, and when it runs out Tebow and the Mets will put Blahshington in their rear view on their way to making history.Tags: Nationals, Nats, Tim Tebow, Washington Nationals