Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow went 0-for-3 in Tuesday’s Arizona Fall League game, but that’ll be forgotten. According to Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona, a fan had a seizure while Tebow was signing autographs after the game. Tebow put his hand on the man and said a prayer, and the man started breathing again.
Van Horn says her station will air a video of it. She added, “I just witnessed a MIRACLE.” She then retweeted this picture of Tebow someone else took:
Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but there’s an explanation for this that doesn’t involve Tebow being a miracle worker. It was likely coincidental, with Van Horn remembering and/or reporting details selectively to fit her view of Tebow as heroic.
Last night Bill talked about how different this past offseason was than the one before as far as free agents go. This year all the big guys signed well before spring training and, Yasiel Puig aside, there aren’t many significant players left out on the market. It’s sort of how the hot stove season is supposed to go.
Last year, of course, was crazy. The two biggest free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — didn’t sign until February. In fact, Harper didn’t officially sign with Philly until March 2. One year ago today, however — February 28, 2019 — was the day the news of the impeding signing broke.
Over at NBC Sports Philly, they put together a video talking to Harper, Scott Boras, Matt Klentak and others who put the massive deal together. It gives you a sense of how the moving parts move in the runup to the biggest contract in baseball history.
It also gives you a sense of how much trouble Harper might’ve had had he gone with the other team who was in the bidding for him at the last minute: the Giants. Specifically, he keeps calling them “San Fran,” and if you know anyone from the Bay Area, you know just how much they hate it when people say “San Fran.” Don’t do that, folks.
Anyway here — apart from the tendering of a $330 million contract — is how Bryce Harper became a Phillie: