When the Tim Tebow trade was announced on March 21st, it didn't take long for the public to express their feelings of Tebow-mania coming to New York. Some (myself included) welcomed the trade with open arms, but the overwhelming majority criticized the move right off the bat.
It makes no sense, cried the critics. It's a publicity stunt. It'll stunt Mark Sanchez's growth. Bringing Tebow to New York will doom the Jets. But the detractors would have to wait a few months to tell Timmy Tebow how they really felt—or so we thought until Sunday.
Wow - loud boos for Tim Tebow, who is finally shown on the big board. Crazy.
Tebow was shown on the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium, where the Yanks were hosting the Los Angeles Angels. Apparently the Bronx Bomber faithful aren't too fond of Tebow's new home.
The exact reason for the boos is unknown, but there are several possibilities. For one, it just so happens that most of the paid attendance at Yankee Stadium wasn't too happy about Tebow going to the Jets. Or more likely, the crowd wasn't too fond of a football player getting the spotlight at a baseball event.
To say Tebow is the center of media attention is an understatement. Anything the man does is followed by hundreds of cameras and dissected from every angle, which has fed up some.
Yet the reaction Sunday could very well be a foreshadowing of Tebow's future in New York. Suppose the hype doesn't match up to expectations. Suppose the Jets get off to a rocky start, prompting management to sub current starter Mark Sanchez for Tebow. Suppose the switch doesn't cause a major turnaround like it did in Denver. Then what? The Jets will have two quarterbacks hearing it from the crowd, and by looking at fellow New York athlete Jason Bay, boos don't help build success.
I doubt Tebow will be hearing heckles at MetLife Stadium. In fact, he might be getting a bigger pop than Sanchez does opening week. But the scene at Yankee Stadium shows not everyone in the Big Apple is welcoming No. 15 with open arms, which coupled with the constant media pressure, could make his stint with the Jets get off on the wrong foot.