The sale of the Miami Marlins to Derek Jeter and his partners (a guy named Michael Jordan is also chipping in) awaits approval by Major League Baseball. But Jeter’s friend, former teammate and fellow Tampa resident Tino Martinez never doubted Jeter would pull this off.
“I’m not surprised,” said Martinez, who played on four world champions with Jeter on the New York Yankees. “Even late in his career, he talked about wanting to own a team one day and run a team. He meant it. He wanted to get involved. I know it’s a long road to get to here, trying to get this thing nailed down....
There are a lot of stories about Tim Tebow connecting with people during his life, Tebow inspiring them and Tebow being inspired.
And a lot of times, when they meet, they stay met.
And pay it forward.
Which brings us to Boomer and Kelly.
Boomer is 15. Kelly is 27.
"Tim still inspires me," Boomer said. "We stay in touch."
"Timmy means so much in my life," Kelly said....
CLEARWATER — It was about three weeks ago. A Saturday night. I sat behind home plate at a Charlotte Stone Crabs game at Charlotte Sports Park. There was a professional baseball scout sitting just behind me with a speed gun in his hand. He had seen the whole thing.
Tim Tebow walked over from the St. Lucie Mets on-deck circle during the seventh inning of a game to shake hands with 10-year-old Seth Bosch, who had been calling to Tebow. They touched hands through the backstop. Seth, who is from Punta Gorda, has high-functioning autism. He walked away crying. Tebow walked to the plate and hit a home run. Seth's mother, Ileanna, filmed the encounter and the home run. The video would go viral....
There is a statue of him in front of the football stadium in Gainesville, next to fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel. And there on a plaque are the words he spoke, a promise he made nine years ago.
Tim Tebow turned 30 on Monday. Where does the time go? Ten years ago, Tebow won the Heisman. He was a Gator from 2006 to 2009, part of two national champions, and not even that begins to tell his story. If his shadow hangs over campus, it's a shining one....
Tim Tebow's Florida career produced many memorable moments. Here are 10 of them, in chronological order. We'll leave ranking them to you.
AP photo...08/14/17 Blog
The other day, writing about the Bucs waiving kicker Roberto Aguayo, I began this way:
It thought it was funny and meant no harm. It sounded like Aguayo’s last name, which happens to end in ‘o.’
But it was Times reader Gerry Hilt of Seminole, who is far more eloquent than I am, who pointed something out:
I know we live in a time when political correctness seems to border on the ridiculous at times. However, I think your use of the made-up word ‘Goodbye-o’ was a little insensitive. I'm not sure if it was intended to be funny or clever, but it was neither....08/13/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Is this any way to run a playoff chase?
To play so badly at home that you actually want to leave town?
What a putrid performance by the Rays.
They departed the 2-7 Homestand of Shame for Toronto on Sunday night. They had their offense in a carry-on container, it being less than 3.4 fluid ounces.
They left town 59-60, under .500 for the first time in more than two months....08/12/17Bucs
TAMPA — Goodbye-o.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was asked who was in the room with Roberto Aguayo when he was released by the Bucs on Saturday morning.
"Me, Jason and Hard Knocks ," Koetter said.
Koetter and Bucs GM Jason Licht put Aguayo out of his misery Saturday and waived him after the opening credits of another disaster movie. They did it the name of the season that can still be. Wise move....08/11/17 Blog
The Tim Tebow Tour continues tonight when Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets again play the Tampa Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. As part of All Things Tebow, the Times spoke with Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, who was Florida’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2005-08, a stretch which included two national championships and Tebow’s 2007 Heisman Trophy season....08/10/17Sports
TAMPA — Eli Fishman, a sports reporter and writer for Eli Fishman Sports, a New Jersey-based sports web site, stood in the press box at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday. Like the rest of us, he was waiting for Tebow.
Unlike the rest of us, Eli is 13 years old. He started his web site two years ago and his YouTube channel three years ago and got his braces last year. Eli has blond hair, rosy cheeks and is visiting his grandmother in Clearwater, He spent Thursday morning at the New York Yankees minor-league facility on Himes Avenue, interviewing Gulf Coast League players and coaches....08/10/17College
Eight Days of Tebow – Tim Tebow's baseball swing through Tampa Bay _ is underway. To mark the occasion, the Times spoke with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, who led Florida to national championships in 2006 and 2008. Meyer recruited Tebow out of high school and the two will be forever linked by more than those championships or Tebow's 2007 Heisman Trophy. Meyer, who calls Tebow, "The most impactful player ever to play at the University of Florida," talked baseball, football and all things Tebow. Meyer played minor-league baseball in the Atlanta Braves system, 1982-83....08/10/17 Blog
Despite piling up two runs, the Rays fell again to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
At least we can now drop that winning the AL East nonsense.
At the worst possible time – as if there is ever a good time – the Rays are rolling out zombie baseball.
The night after flailing against Chris Sale, the Rays made 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello look like, well, 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. Adeiny Hechevarria and Brad Miller did manage solo home runs, but that was all the Rays had to show for the four-hit barrage they leveled at Boston....08/09/17Minors
You can't make this stuff up.
Also, there's video.
Tim Tebow and Seth Bosch had never met until July 29 at Charlotte Sports Park, where Tebow, playing minor-league baseball for the St. Lucie Mets, was going against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Tebow and his team will be in Tampa and Clearwater for eight games beginning Thursday night....08/09/17 Blog
Rays fans, here are some important Tropicana Field tips:
Think about bringing your own food.
Think about bringing six sets of eyes.
This might be a moot point if the Rays never hit again, but the art of scoreboard watching has become a mind-numbing brain buster in baseball’s Land of The Second Wild Card. Leave it to the muddled, mutt-filled American League, home of the 103-team playoff chase, where it’s impossible to be out of it even if you try. It’s profoundly confusing....08/09/17 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG — Baseball Hall of Famer and 3,000-hit man Wade Boggs, who retired as a Ray after the 1999 season, is back at Tropicana Field for this two-game series against the Red Sox. Boggs, 59 and Tampa’s own, is serving as a Red Sox TV analyst for NESN. He knows his way around the Trop.
“I’m at home,” Boggs said. “I’ve got those two seats in the outfield and 12 on the wall.”...