Just when I was starting to trust Sandy Alderson, it turns out he is back to his old lying ways (unless he never stopped). Alderson now admits signing Tim Tebow was a marketing move.
According to a report in Newsday, Alderson told a gathering of sabermetrics geeks at Citi Field on Friday, “Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business. My attitude is ‘why not?'”
When the Mets signed Tebow last year, Alderson said it was “strictly driven by baseball.” He then doubled down on his lie.
“We are extremely intrigued with the potential Tim has,” Alderson said back then. “He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has great character, a competitive spirit. Aside from the age, this is a classic player-development opportunity for us… The idea that any one player has no chance to make it to the big leagues, I reject.”
Now we know he was lying. The clever Alderson even left clues to his deception in Tebow’s bio in the Mets media guide, which includes the name of the scout who signed the player.
“The guy we sent to see him in California did not exactly send back a glowing report. I knew immediately he would not want his name as the signing scout. Ultimately the guy that we put down was the director of merchandising.”
Alderson called this an “inside joke.” I wonder if Tim Tebow is laughing.
So now we are back to not believing anything that comes out of Sandy Alderson’s mouth. And that is sad.