Francesa: Van Wagenen Should Apologize To Mets Fans For Suggesting Tebow Could Make Opening Day Roster

Mike Francesa
November 07, 2018 - 1:53 pm
Tim Tebow  looks on from the dugout prior to the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field.

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By WFAN.com

On Tuesday, new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he expects Tim Tebow to begin next season in Triple A but did not rule out the former football star from making the team's opening day roster.

That drew a strong reaction from WFAN's Mike Francesa, who called the idea "nothing short of an absolute joke."

"You want us to take you seriously or not?" Francesa said on his show Tuesday. "I mean, clown statements like that, we're not going to take you seriously. You're telling me Tim Tebow might be on your opening day roster? You've got room for him on your opening day roster? Why? Why? To try to get, what, a couple of extra people in the building for the second game of the season?

"Start him in left, and start Mr. Met in center, and just be a carnival act," Francesa added. "And then your manager can have them both bat out of order."

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Francesa grew even more incensed when he learned that Van Wagenen was Tebow's agent before accepting the Mets job last week.

"You've got to be kidding me!" Francesa said. "The Mets should be embarrassed. He should apologize to every Met fan for this. You know what? It's even worse.

"You're going to try to tell me that you're going to build a team that's going to be a championship team and Tim Tebow's going to be on it? Go back to being an agent and leave us alone. Stop wasting our time.

"Unless that was said tough-in-cheek, I'd be very worried."

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Tebow, 31, played 84 games last season for Double-A Binghamton before suffering a broken hand that ended his season early. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Broncos and Jets quarterback hit .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs but struck out 103 times in 271 at-bats.

"He can't play a lick. Even (former Mets general manager) Sandy (Alderson) admitted it was a marketing stunt," Francesa said.​

To listen to the entire segment from Francesa's show, click on the audio player above.