Last week it was revealed that Tim Tebow - former Heisman winner, former NFL player, and current member of the New York Mets farm system - would be playing for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
It reminded me just how crazy it is that Tebow played two sports professionally. Of course, I was then harshly reminded that Tebow probably is only able to play professional baseball because of the fame he accrued in football.
Tim Tebow - 2019 Syracuse Mets:— Jim Passon (@PassonJim) February 23, 2020
.163 BA (AAA rank = 314th*)
.240 OBP (AAA rank = 314th*)
.255 SLG (AAA rank = 314th*)
.495 OPS (AAA rank = 314th*)
*rank is among the 314 players that accumulated 200+ AB in AAA last year:
Honestly, of all the things Tebow has done in his career, ranking last in all three segments of the slash line is one of the most impressive.
This was supposed to be the end of the game, Tim Tebow had some trouble though. pic.twitter.com/awrH2yxSwo— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) February 28, 2020
I’m not trying to dunk on Tebow, because that brings a third sport into this. What I’m really trying to do is remind everyone that it’s really, really, really hard to be a successful professional athlete in one sport, so doing it in two is nearly impossible. Nearly.
Still, it’s fun to think about what athletes could play a second sport, whether for silliness or seriousness.
So, question to the room: Which Giants do you think could be successful at other sports?
We know that Jeff Samardzija was a successful football player at Notre Dame, so that’s a pretty easy start. We also know that Brandon Crawford was a good high school football player, and that Brandon Belt successfully utilizes his enormous flippers in the water.
So . . . who else?
Note: Last Monday I asked what fictional manager you would want to lead the Giants. It was fun. So from now on the Monday BPs are going to focus on silly questions like that, and like this one, half because they’re a fun change of pace, and half because I write them on Friday, so any news I address will be stale by the time the piece is published. If you have any other fun or silly questions you want addressed to the room, comment or email me.