Wilson Mashes 6 HR in BP, Impresses Yankees

Poor Russell can't even avoid the hits in a different sport. 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. Plus, Wilson's great-uncle was a massive Yankee fan, who still wears his interlocking NY all the time. "The thing I'm excited about the most is learning about the Yankees and how they've won 27 world championships". "I want to learn as much as I can and also compete as much as I can".

Russell Wilson's childhood visions became a reality Monday as he reported to the New York Yankees' spring training facility and donned the pinstripes for the first time.

Wilson was acquired, more or less, as an in-uniform motivational speaker who will work out with the club, which he did Monday, taking infield and batting practice. He actually hit in the batting group of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Giancarlo Stanton.

In two years in Minor League ball, Wilson slashed at.229/.354/.356 and hit five home runs in 93 games.

"He's something special", Judge said.

Cashman said he hasn't heard directly from the Seahawks regarding Wilson's use in camp. "You can tell that's the way it is here". There's a reason why winners win. Some people fear that, some people want that.

"I believe in great habits, and the difference between winning and losing is very fine", Wilson said.

"Is this just a stunt?" he said.

"I think if you really know me you know baseball has been a part of my blood and who I am and [where] I've come from and what I've done. Everything he does is for a objective". Baseball's been deep in my heart, deep in my veins. "It goes back to the foundation of who I am and where I come from". Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that the primary duty of Wilson is to enjoy his time with the team.

After seeing the Yankees reach the ALCS past year, Wilson knows the potential is inside them, and that's why he has come to both observe and help foster a championship culture.

"Watching those guys is fun - they would definitely would be tight ends for me", Wilson smiled. What you're around is what you become.

  • Marlene Weaver