What's Lincoln Thinkin': Tebowmania more about exploitation than baseball

Almost 600 fans and 100 media members showed up to Port St. Lucie Monday to watch a spectacle, that had more to do about exploitation, than it had anything to do with baseball.

The hundreds of people in attendance at the Mets Instructional League workout are hundreds more than are ever at these fall practices.

And they weren't there to see a baseball player - they were there to see a mega-celebrity.

Because Tim Tebow is closer to Justin Bieber than he is to Noah Syndegaard.

Whether he realizes it or not, Tebow is being exploited by the New York Mets.

Tebow's jersey this weekend overtook Syndegaard's as the highest selling on the Mets, and at one point Monday was the third-highest selling in baseball.

But Tebow is 29 years old, an average player spend 4 to 5 years in the minors, which would put Tebow almost 35 making his major league debut. That has happened before - but the story was so improbable, they made a Disney movie out of it.

Come to think of it, that's another possible revenue stream for the Mets - the "Tim Tebow Baseball Movie" starring Tim Tebow, would break the box office.

But the sad part about the whole affair - Tebow doesn't seem to realize that he was not out there playing baseball Monday. The game of baseball is playing him.

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