TheScore- Former manager and current Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa isn't a fan of Tebow's baseball experiment, however, and let his opinions be known in a recent interview.
"Whoever's idea it is, they don't respect the game of baseball," Bowa recently told the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. "It's a hard game. You don't come in at age 28 or 29. I'm not saying he's not a good athlete, but this is a hard game and there are a lot of good athletes in pro ball that never get to the big leagues. I don't think it can happen. There are guys 28 or 29 that are getting released every day. How can you take 10 years off and all of the sudden be facing guys throwing 95, guys throwing sliders?"
UNWRITTEN RULE ALERT!!! Honestly, I am surprised it took this long. That imaginary set of guidelines has to be pretttttty extensive considering how much time all these old white men have on their hands. One would think they would have covered their bases with a regulation that strongly advised against crappy quarterbacks picking up a 'Louisville Slugger' and trying their hand at such an illustrious sport after a decade away from it. Instead it kind of feels like Larry Bowa and his 'Knights Of Columbus' roundtable just
stapled yet another blank page in the baseball Bible just so they could tack this stipulation on at the end. I don't think Tim Tebow has a shot in hell of playing in the Majors either, but with the amount of time it took a disgruntled former player/manager to cry foul I am pretty sure he has already grandfathered his way into a tryout. I know it's tough to calculate the timeline of legalities that aren't put on paper and are really no more than merely suggestions, but if I know anything about former baseball players it's that they uphold the non-existent letters of that law in a timely manner.
Still, this has got to be quite the blow to Tim Tebow. Poor guy has never intentionally disrespected anyone in his life. Hell, he (allegedly) has never even disrespected his own body by putting one of it's appendages in a consenting female. Yet here he is, on the precipice of facing criticism from a bunch of his elders for disrespecting the most honorable game that has ever existed. It's a good thing he's got Jesus on his side, or the ghost of Babe Ruth would undoubtedly be haunting him for committing an unforgivable crime against America's Pastime. With each swing of the lumber he's basically cutting at the ankles of baseball's stellar reputation. Forget the fact that they didn't let black people play until 1947 and treat every celebratory act like it took place at a funeral, because Tim Tebow potentially maxing out as a Minor League publicity stunt is what really compromises baseball's prominence.