Rays' advice for Tim Tebow: Baseball is not easy
There was some amusement, and understandable skepticism given the extensive time and effort they put in to get there, amid the reaction in the Rays clubhouse over reports of former Gators and NFL QB Tim Tebow's latest career plans of playing baseball.
"Playing football for him came naturally and it was probably easier for him," Rays pitcher Chris Archer said. "The fact that he hasn't played baseball in 11 years since he was in high school, it's not easy. Everybody throws 95 mph now, everybody has wipeout off-speed.
"Michael Jordan, it wasn't easy for him and he's one of the most athletic people in the world. (Seahawks quarterback) Russell Wilson didn't play baseball for a while and didn't really do too well in low (Class) A. These are two of the best athletes in the last 20-something years, and it didn't work out too well for them. ... But whatever Tebow is trying to get out of it, I hope he gets."
Other players similarly pointed out how much time and effort it takes, and wondered if Tebow would be willing to work his way through the minors, and how he would adjust to the rugged schedule as well as the minor-league lifestyle and playing conditions.
Players around the majors had similar reactions, and some had fun with Tebow, such as Orioles OF Adam Jones, who tweeted:
After this @MLB season I'm going try out for the @NFL this offseason. I haven't played since HS but I've played in a few TurkeyBowls since!