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Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

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Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It’s an increase in competition, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.

If you want to be an optimist, you could point out that Tebow is already 29, and the team could be looking to move him up the chain faster due to his age. In theory, he’s already in his prime, so his “peak” seasons are happening now and will be over soon. You could argue that the club wants to make sure it gets the best out of Tebow before he experienced age-related decline like everyone else.

Unfortunately, his age works as a double-edged sword. With the Fireflies, Tebow was seven years older than the average prospect according to a 2013 article at Baseball America. Despite the age difference, he struggled against younger competition.

With the St. Lucie Mets, that age difference shrinks slightly. In the Florida State League, Tebow will be about six years older than his competition. The gap closes and the level of play increases. That doesn’t bode well for Tebow.

Again, none of that really matters. With Tebow’s latest promotion, the Mets seem to confirm that his performance means nothing. He hasn’t earned it. Not with that batting line.

But he sells tickets and, by all accounts, seems to be great with fans. As long as people come to watch him play, Tebow will continue failing his way up through the organization.

Just how far will that take him? With the Mets falling out of contention, there’s at least a chance Tebow makes it to the majors by the end of the season. That might seem ridiculous considering his numbers and lack of experience, but those things haven’t factored into the team’s choices thus far.

Justifying his playing time in the majors might be difficult, but again, that’s not what it’s about. As long as Tebow keeps selling jerseys and putting fans in the seats, the Mets will be profitable and happy. Sunday’s promotion makes it clear that’s all they value here.

Via: Yahoo Sports

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Kirk Cousins: Jesus Wanted Me To Sign A One-Year Deal

Jamie Florence

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Kirk Cousins: Jesus Wanted Me To Sign A One-Year Deal

Kirk Cousins says there’s a good reason he turned down a multi-year deal with the Redskins … God told him to, saying it was in the Lord’s plan for him be on a 1-year contract.

Cousins reportedly turned down a multi-year deal that would’ve paid him $53 million guaranteed ($72 overall) with the Redskins this past off-season — instead electing to ink a 1-year deal and see where it goes.

People wondered … Why bro, WHY?

Kirk was at the Liberty University Convocation last week and went into what made him walk away from the big cash, and it’s all about the man upstairs.

You like that!? You like that.

Via: TMZ

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Jennifer Lopez Hangs Out with Alex Rodriguez at Sports Memorabilia Convention

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Jennifer Lopez Hangs Out with Alex Rodriguez at Sports Memorabilia Convention

 

Alex Rodriguez fans got a smoking hot 2-for-1 deal when Jennifer Lopez unexpectedly showed up at his side for a sports memorabilia show.

J Lo surprised the Chicago crowd at the National Sports Collectors Convention when 10 minutes into A-Rod’s signing session … she quietly walked out from behind a curtain and sat next to him. Witnesses say there was zero fanfare or announcement … which, let’s face it, is NOT typical when J Lo enters a room.

We’re told Jennifer just beamed at Alex while he signed items for fans — minimum $150 a pop — and she frequently stood up to snap pics of him. Y’know it’s love when she’s happy to watch you work … and work is signing your name over and over and over again.

Interestingly, we’re told J Lo didn’t sign anything — and that’s where we think everyone struck out.

An autographed, game used J-Rod ball’s gotta be a moneymaker!

Via: TMZ

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Miguel Cabrera: My Family’s In Grave Danger In Venezuela

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Miguel Cabrera: My Family’s In Grave Danger In Venezuela

MLB superstar Miguel Cabrera says his family has been targeted in Venezuela — and he’s been forced to pay protection bribes to keep them safe.

It’s unclear exactly why Cabrera believes his family is in danger — possibly because he’s worth a fortune. Cabrera signed a $248 MILLION contract extension in 2014.

In a series of videos posted to social media, Cabrera says Venezuela can be a very dangerous place if you cross the wrong people … and he’s frustrated.

Cabrera says he’s a proud Venezuelan — but the constant fear that someone will kidnap a family member is weighing on him. He admits to paying “vacunas” — or protection money — but doesn’t say how much he’s paid or to whom the money has gone.

Cabrera says he’s suspicious of everyone from police officers to street thugs — and doesn’t know where the real danger lurks.

Cabrera does seem to voice support for the opposition to the current government — but you can tell he’s being careful with his words to not piss anyone off too much.

Via: TMZ

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