Russell Wilson Strikes Out in Yankees Spring Training Debut vs. Braves

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05 March, 2018

A baseball purist might argue that something is desperately wrong with the sport when Russell Wilson, the Seahawks' All-Pro quarterback, now has more spring training at-bats than unemployed free agents Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez do.

But Wilson has dabbled in baseball even as he has known National Football League success, going to spring training with the Texas Rangers twice before getting a chance with the Yankees.

The Pro Bowl signal caller pinch-hit for Yankees star, American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, marking the QB's first professional at bat since June 2011. Fried then struck out Wilson with a 93-mph fastball on a 2-2 count.

Russell Wilson has now done what Babe Ruth did 1,122 times for the New York Yankees.

The Seahawks star described the experience: "I used to go insane when Derek Jeter walked up to the plate", Wilson said.

Wilson wore No 73 - 7 for his high school baseball number, 3 for his football number.

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Carroll is probably being too tough on his quarterback, but in fairness to him, Wilson's spray chart probably wouldn't look too balanced based on his batting practice footage. "I'll always remember when they announced my name".

"I used to go insane when Derek Jeter walked up to the plate", Wilson said.

Wilson will end his stay at Yankees camp Saturday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll nevertheless offered up some hitting advice for Wilson on Thursday. He reports in impeccable condition.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Thursday at the National Football League combine that he had no problem with Wilson spending part of his offseason playing baseball but wouldn't say whether he approved of Wilson playing in games. "There has to be an obsession with doing things right every day". He wants to soak up the attitude of a franchise with a record 27 World Series titles. He participated in Rangers" spring training workouts in 2014 and "15.


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