Cold Spring native Eric Decker weighed in on one of the most talked about topics in sports this week – Tim Tebow’s attempt to play professional baseball.
And Decker might be uniquely qualified to do it.
Not only is he a former football and baseball player at the U of M, but Decker was also teammates of Tebow’s in Denver, and he thinks someone will give the former quarterback a shot.
“Well, of course, he’s going to do it,” Decker told ESPN. “Someone is going to sign him, I guarantee you that, because it’s Tim Tebow and [the fans] will be coming to a baseball game with a football jersey on, selling tickets.
“I want to see what kind of player he is. I haven’t seen him play baseball, but he’s an athlete and works tremendously hard, so obviously he’s going to put everything he has into it. We’ll see.”
But can Tebow actually pull it off?
In high school, Tebow was an All-State baseball player, and even now, at age 30, he appears to have pretty good bat speed.
So what does Decker think of his former teammate’s shot of making it?
“I’ll just say if you haven’t played baseball for 10 years or however many years it’s been, I don’t know what the chances are. But if I was a Double-A or Single-A team, I’m signing him to get the ticket sales up,” Decker tells ESPN. “I’m sure he’ll have success in that field. But as far as the skill aspect, I think hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things, so it’ll be interesting to see his progress.”