“You can fool some of the people some of the time…” – Abraham Lincoln
“There’s a sucker born every minute…” – P.T. Barnum
“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public…” – H. L. Mencken
“We have indeed been fooled, are complete suckers, and estimates of our intelligence will never be overestimated…” – The New York Mets
Three famous quotes and a just recently contrived one serve to sum up the decision by MLB’s New York Mets in their recent plan to squander $100,000 on ex-American footballer and ex-ESPN commentator Tim Tebow.
The 29-year-old Tebow, over 10 years removed from competitive baseball, has pulled the scam of the century in convincing the management of the New York Mets to give him a lucrative minor league contract based on his recently self-staged media event and baseball tryout.
Describing Tebow as a “work in progress” is somewhat disparaging to both work and progress, but the Mets, apparently flush with cash and giddy over the prospect of reaching the 2016 MLB playoffs as a wild card, took the traditional baseball approach of grabbing a player in order to prevent another team from doing so.
The Mets made the bold move despite Tebow’s obvious inability to hit even former major league pitchers.