MLB scouts watched on as Tim Tebow tried to make an impression Thursday during his tryout.
As expected, the results don’t seem all that encouraging for the ex-quarterback who seems to make front-page headlines by doing as little as tying his shoes. He impressed scouts during batting practice, but rated below-average in every other category.
Tim Tebow's scouting report from today's MLB showcase
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 30, 2016
Here’s some video from his tryout:
Introducing Tim Tebow the baseball player pic.twitter.com/exfO3E1piw
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 30, 2016
Earlier this month I wrote about Tebow’s pursuit of a professional baseball career and how I have nothing but the utmost respect for the guy. Sure, I never believed in him as an NFL quarterback, but I’ve always believed in pursuing what you love. That’s why it’s impossible for me to hate on Tebow for all of this. He’s an inspirational human being and has an attitude we all should strive to have in life.
Tebow talked about trying out for professional baseball despite the overwhelming odds against him. Everything he said made me respect him even more than I already did.
I love this from Tim Tebow. pic.twitter.com/17qhZu1JTS
— Steve Finamore (@CoachFinamore) August 31, 2016
Believe it or not, there actually are people out there who will go as far as to call Tebow an idiot for trying out. Some wonder why he won’t just give it all up and settle for sitting at an ESPN desk covering the SEC. There’s an incredibly simple answer to that question: He’s not a quitter.
Tebow’s statement in the video above hits pretty close to home for me. I’ve wanted to get involved in sports media my entire life. Due to it being such a competitive field I’ve had friends and even family members tell me it’s an unrealistic goal. Of course, being the stubborn person I am, I ignored it all.
When I was a freshman in college I knew about a few “friends” of mine laughing about how I was pursuing a career in sports media. Maybe it was warranted. After all, I had next to no experience in the field and the name of my first blog was “Beantown Buzz,” which consisted of poorly written takes on Boston sports.
Next thing I know, I’m interning at places like Comcast SportsNet, FOX, and NESN. Before long, I was running this site and managing my own staff of about 12 writers. This isn’t meant to be a brag, this isn’t meant to be all about my “accomplishments,” this is meant to help everyone understand that pursuing what you love is worth it and what Tebow said couldn’t be more accurate: “I’d rather be someone that can live with peace and no regret than ‘what ifs’ and being scared.”
I’m not even close to where I want to be in life yet. Neither is Tebow. The thing is, we’re both perfectly fine with that. It’s the thrill of pursuing dreams that keeps us going. A lot of people are scared to have that kind of outlook on life and it’s unfortunate. To those people I’d say fuck what everyone else says and don’t settle. Do what you love and don’t be afraid of failure.