The Mets are currently a playoff team. They are coming off a three-game sweep of the Twins and has a legitimate shot at repeating as National League champions. But on Monday, the franchise put its focus on a 29-year-old minor leaguer who has not played baseball full-time since his junior year of high school in 2005: Tim Tebow.
As Tebow participated in his first team workout at the team's instructional league camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the "Shop" section of the Mets' website featured this not-so-inconspicuous banner:
By Monday afternoon, Tebow had the third-highest selling jersey on the online store for men's jerseys.
The Darryl Strawberry 1986 throwback, Mike Piazza Hall of Fame induction special and Yoenis Cespedes are left in the dust. All-Stars Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes and Asdrúbal Cabrera are nowhere to be found on this graphic. Curtis Granderson hit both a game-tying and a walk-home run in extra innings Saturday, but he is nowhere near Tebow. Bartolo Colon, for as much as he does, can only wave at strikes thrown from Tebow shoppers. Captain David Wright is injured and absent.
The Mets are selling Tebow pinstripe home jerseys for men ($119.99) and women ($99.99), blue t-shirts for men and women and orange t-shirts for men (all t-shirts $29.99).
But wait? How can the Mets even sell Tebow jerseys in the first place? He is not on a MLB 40-man roster, and therefore, not part of the players' union.
We can thank the good folks at Majestic Athletic for that. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Tebow signed a bridge agreement with Majestic, the official MLB jersey supplier, last week, giving the brand the right to use his likeness.
— Majestic Athletic (@MajesticOnField) September 19, 2016
Other MLB players who signed deals with Majestic before they were with union so teams could sell gear: Stephen Strasburg & Bryce Harper.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 19, 2016
The team also geared up for jersey sales on the grounds of facility in Florida.
— Chris Stewart (@CStewartWPTV) September 19, 2016
— Jon Santucci (@JonSantucci) September 19, 2016
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Mets spokesman Harold Kaufman told Rovell there is no Tebow merchandise currently being sold at Citi Field, where the Mets play the next seven days before finishing with six road games. However, if sales of Tebow's jersey continue to boom, it is hard to imagine the Amazin's will stick to that. The Mets split online team site sales with all MLB teams, but get a healthier cut on merchandise sold Citi Field. The Mets also have a clubhouse store in Midtown Manhattan and relationships with various New York-based official merchandisers.
After all, New York fan are used to Tebow garb. He was a Jet for the 2012 season.
— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) September 19, 2016
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