The Philadelphia Phillies will be one of more than 20 Major League teams that are expected to attend Tim Tebow’s baseball showcase in Los Angeles next week.
But one of their players isn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of the former Florida Gators quarterback attempting to play the game after more than a decade away from it.
Phillies relief pitcher David Hernandez was asked about the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s attempt to switch sports recently, and his response, as transcribed by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, was not kind:
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Hernandez said of Tebow’s bid to reach the majors, according to Salisbury. “Hats off to him for getting an opportunity, but I just don’t think it’s very plausible that he’ll get anywhere.
“Nothing against him, but just from the standpoint that getting to the major leagues is a long grind. It’s not easy. There’s a lot of work that goes into it.
“It’s kind of a slap in the face for him to say, ‘I think I’ll grab my things and go play pro baseball.’ It’s not that easy.”
While Hernandez’s opinion may be an isolated one, it does bring an interesting point to the Tebow baseball saga– he may not be well received in the clubhouse of whatever team does sign him.
The 29-year-old was a very talented high school baseball player, but no matter where he ends up playing baseball it will be perceived by some as a publicity stunt. And professional athletes do not like their sports being taken lightly, generally speaking.
If Tebow ends up finding a suitor at next week’s tryout, it will be interesting to watch how Tebow acclimates himself to a baseball clubhouse and whether or not he faces any hostility from his own teammates.