Fri May 14 09:01am EDT
You thought a baseball blog was a good place to hide from Tim Tebow news?
Considering the hype surrounding his client, Tebow's agent thought it would be a good idea to hide him in Memphis for a few days; Elvis, after all, lives there in plain sight. Alas, once neighbors figured out who Jimmy Sexton's guest was, they came a-knockin' and blew Tebow's cover.
But not before Tebow got in some whacks -- not at the critics who consider Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs for trading up to take Tebow in the first round of the NFL Draft.
No, these whacks came at batting practice with the high school kids on the Memphis University School baseball team.
Tebow hit 12 homers on 15 pitches.
Of course he did.
Via the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:
"The kids were just awed by how far he hit the ball," Sexton said. "The best thing about Tim is he thinks he's just another guy and acts that way. He's oblivious to everything going on around him. He doesn't think he's a big deal. I asked him the other day how he stayed so humble, how come he didn't get the big head compared to a lot of other athletes."
"You have to decide what you have to be proud about, and being a football player doesn't make you any more special than anybody else," Tebow said. "Football gives me a platform and with that platform comes a responsibility and obligation to make a difference in people's lives."
Tebow played high school baseball before giving his heart to Gator football — winning a national championship, along with a Heisman, in the process. I don't know if he could have gone the way of Broncos legend John Elway, who played minor league ball in the Yankees system, but it's a notable near-parallel.
And yet if he did play the grand old game, you have to wonder if we'd be criticizing Tebow's batting stance and swing like we do his throwing motion.
There's no video (yet) of Tebow's batting practice, but there is some footage of him at Memphis practicing snaps. Seen it! Give us some baseball.