“This had nothing to do with merchandise or sales. This was based strictly on baseball talent.” -Sandy Alderson, in real life, awake, actual GM of a good major league team, 2016
There it is. The greatest quote in the history of sports and it’s not even close. A dead-pan Alderson saying this to the media like he’s a character in Airplane! Truly, truly unbelievable, yet so great. Look, I’ve been a huge Mets fan for a 2015 playoff run, the very very beginning of this year, and then again since this past week. I am qualified to rip on our brilliant General Manager who signed the Second Coming. How an actual Major League GM can say this with a straight-face and actually think someone can believe it is why it is the GOAT quote of all-time. I will never read this and not laugh.
It’s a lie for a two reasons: 1) Tebow sucks at baseball and Sandy said as much before the tryout. The tryout didn’t change ANYONE’S mind that Tebow is bad at baseball. He sucks. Dave Dombrowski literally made fun of the whole thing and didn’t even consider for a sighing him for a second (smart smart smart smart smart [South Park Mormon Song]). The tryout is hilarious to watch, he looks like the kid who tries out for high school after having an average season on the 8th grade squad. Not the worst player out there (he can make contact) but dude you’re not making the team and you look really awkward out there. Yet, there’s one thing more important than talent, which leads me to point 2) $$$. This signing will make up for itself faster than Lil Obama putting out a joint when Barack comes up the stairs. In fact, it probably already has. I don’t see the harm in the Mets flat-out admitting, “Hey, he isn’t good, but he will make us money to spend on other players that will help us win the next five World Series titles.” Who cares? That’s smart baseball.
Alderson signing him based on talent alone is not smart baseball. It’s really, really stupid, because, again, Tebow sucks. But the dude knows how the market himself #brand