Wade was booed until he held up his cap with the New York Yankees logo on it, while Tebow's response from the crowd was mostly negative for the entire time he was on the video screen.
Regardless of hype, fame, fortune or talent, this was no way to welcome a new athlete to town. Tebow hasn't even thrown a pass or played a game as a New York Jet, so he doesn't deserve to be booed just yet.
If the 24-year-old made an appearance at Citi Field for a New York Mets game, I would have to believe his reception would be very different. Not that Mets fans are any more classy or respectful than Yankees fans, but the Jets-Mets connection cannot be overlooked.
The Jets played at Shea Stadium, the former home of the Mets, for twenty seasons, from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s.
The team had many great memories at the old ballpark, including a playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders in the 1968 Championship Game and the infamous "Sack Dance" by Mark Gastineau after he crushed Los Angeles Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo in a 1983 regular-season tilt.
Since the Jets played so many games at Shea, there are tons of Mets' faithful who double as Jets football fans. The connection between the New York Yankees and New York Jets doesn't appear to be as strong, and there's no doubt there was scores of New York Giants fans on hand for Sunday's baseball game in the Bronx.
I feel that Yankees fans are a bit tougher on new athletes than Mets' fans are, as you have to earn your respect in the Bronx.
The Yankees are perennial winners and top-level competitors, so their fans would have cheered Tebow if he had already helped the Jets win some ballgames. I believe that Mets fans, on the other hand, are more sympathetic to the "underdog story," as their history is checkered with miraculous, Tebow-esque victories.
Would Tim Tebow get booed at Citi Field? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets and New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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