Watch Russell Wilson Crush Batting Practice Homer At Yankees Spring Training

Irene MckinneyMar 01, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback originally was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, but he now can call himself an honorary Yankee after NY acquired his rights in a trade with the Texas Rangers on February 7.

Wilson's journey to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa has a special, personal significance. He hit balls out of it. But on this day, he certainly proved he could hit a batting practice fastball - spectacle and all. "Some people for me, get confused: 'Is this just a stunt?' They don't know me", Wilson said via the USA TODAY during his Monday press conference.

The Texas Rangers, who had owned Wilson's baseball rights, traded Wilson to the Yankees Feb. 7.

"Ever since I was a young kid I always dreamed of being a Yankee". I'm ready to go up there if they want me to, though. My favorite player was Derek Jeter growing up, watching him, his professionalism and how he played.

The only part I would like to see is Wilson playing in a spring training game, but the Yankees said that's not going to happen.

"I tried to get number 3 (for the Yankees)". I think it will be a lot of fun.

Prior to entering the batting cage, Wilson took ground balls while at second base working on throws to first and turning the double-play with Didi Gregorius the Yankees shortstop. The Yankees have won a million World Series; the Mariners have not even been to a World Series let alone won one. "Being the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, I'm one of 32 men in the world that get to do what I get to do". "I want to learn as much as I can and also compete as much as I can". He says that Wilson is a victor and whether it is playing baseball or off the field he is smart, cares and studies the game. He went on to play three seasons of baseball at N.C. State. Manager Aaron Boone has stressed that Wilson's primary duty is simply to enjoy himself. Wilson spent parts of two seasons playing Class A ball in the Rockies organization before he was selected in the third round of the 2012 National Football League draft by Seattle. Wilson played both football and baseball at Collegiate School, a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia. He gave up baseball in June 2011 after hitting.229 with 118 strikeouts in 315 at-bats, then played his fifth-year senior season of football at Wisconsin. You may remember him as the Wisconsin quarterback in the 2012 Rose Bowl, when his Badgers were defeated by none other than the Oregon Ducks.

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