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Tim Tebow wants to play baseball, and so his critics go crazy

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In a world of domestic violence, drug use and athletes’  apathy, Tim Tebow has offended a lot of fans.

He wants to play baseball.

Gasp.

Oh, the horrors. Tebow wants to try to hit a ball into the gap. He wants to go from first to third. He wants to drive in runs. Can you believe it?

Yeah, the Twitter world blew up the other day when Tebow announced he was going to hold a tryout for baseball teams with the intention of playing major league baseball. The Twitter universe was filled with “who does he think he is” and “what a deranged person” messages.

But when you think of it, well, what’s the harm?

Tebow will show whatever talent he still has at age 29, and baseball teams will point their thumbs up or down. If everything goes great, and someone decides to sign him, he’ll start a long minor league journey. If not, he’ll go back to being a TV analyst.

Honestly, I don’t see where Tebow is offending fandom at all. I don’t quite grasp the critics who suggest that his NFL career wasn’t all he hoped it would be. Hey, what about their NFL careers? Fans who get hurt reaching for the popcorn are thinking of nasty things to say.

But that’s Tebow. For a guy who was in the Heisman Trophy top five three times (and won it once) while at Florida, for a guy who was a No. 1 draft pick, for a guy who won a playoff game, he seems to get picked on a lot. Perhaps it is because of how overtly religious he is. Perhaps it is a backlash to how determined his fans are to adore him. Perhaps it is because he attracts television cameras.

Still, he isn’t Aaron Hernandez or Darren Sharper or Johnny Manziel.

How about this? How about we wait until Tebow’s workout? If someone signs him, his fans can cheer. If no one does, his critics can laugh.

Next, maybe Tebow will try out for the Olympics, and we can all start over again.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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