Russell Wilson lives out dream by taking batting practice with Yankees
Mar 01, 2018, 02:02
"I love playing football; being the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, I'm one of 32 men in the world who get to do what I do, and I'm very passionate about that", Wilson said Monday, hours after he reported to camp as the newest New York Yankee.
The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback will be spending the next five days with the Yankees after a trade last week that sent him from the Texas Rangers to NY.
"It's definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done", Wilson said, adding a nod to Babe Ruth. He is wearing No. 73 because No. 7 was his high school baseball number, and obviously No. 3 is what he wears with Seattle.
Russell Wilson won't be playing in a game during his week in Yankees camp - despite him saying that "if they need me, I'm ready to go" - and he's not likely to trade in his football helmet for a regular-season batting helmet any time soon.
Why won't Russell Wilson go to Mariners spring training instead of joining the Yankees' camp? I wouldn't be good at basketball, but baseball, it's like riding a bike once you get back out there for me.
He graduated from North Carolina State with one season of football eligibility remaining then played one more season of professional baseball, for the Class-A Asheville Tourists in North Carolina. A 2014 Super Bowl champion, the 29-year-old worked out at second base in early drills with shortstop Didi Gregorius. I want to learn as much as I can. "I always watched them".
Despite the circus-like atmosphere that Wilson's arrival at Steinbrenner Field has created, he told reporters in a news conference that his appearance here was honest.
Wilson will be here for about a week, but the Yankees have already stated that he won't play in a game.
"I think he was lying to me about not taking BP before this", Aaron Judge said jokingly. As for Wilson, he's just happy to be part of this experience right now.
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