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Tim Tebow defends his mother over saying he should be in majors

Tim Tebow’s mother suggested earlier this week that her son should crack the New York Mets’ major-league roster this season. Tebow — currently playing for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate — stood up for his mother, essentially saying she was just being a typical mom.

Tebow’s mother, Pamela, was approached by a TMZ camera crew at the Los Angeles airport and endorsed her son’s worthiness for a call-up to the majors.

“We’re partial, so we would vote for him to go up to the majors,” she said. “But, it’s not up to us!”

Tebow, who appeared in the Double-A’s Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, defended his mother for her supportive comments while also taking a shot at TMZ’s journalistic methods.

“That was my mom trying to be sweet getting caught off guard by TMZ at the airport, via the Sun Sentinel. I guess if that’s sophisticated journalism, then sure.

“She’s just trying to be sweet and the good thing is my parents will always believe in me no matter what. I love that. Whether it’s my dad across the world in the Philippines right now or my mom getting caught off guard at the airport, they will always believe in me.”

While Tebow certainly has made some significant strides in his minor-league career — boasting a .270/.337/.390 triple slash with five home runs and 33 RBI at Double-A this season — there nevertheless remains room for significant growth before the 30-year-old ought to be considered a legitimate major-league prospect.

That said, Tebow’s appeal at the ballpark is not solely about his play in the field or at the plate. As charismatic an athlete as they come, Tebow has been a huge draw at the gate in the minors simply due to his outgoing yet humble personality.

And with the Mets going nowhere this season, the notion of Tebow receiving a call to the majors is not that unreasonable, even if it arguably is not technically merited.