You’re probably familiar with Russell Wilson if you’re a sports fan. After all, he led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship a month or so ago, and he’s the team’s quarterback, which makes him the team’s most famous and recognizable member. That’s just how sports works. However, as it turns out, Russell Wilson isn’t just a football player, he’s also a huge baseball fan. Well, not fan, baseball player. Russell Wilson spent the day in Texas Rangers camp, showing off his fielding skills and working out with the team. As it turns out, while Wilson isn’t going to be beating home run champ Prince Fielder out for a roster spot, it was worth the trip to Sunrise, Arizona anyway.
“He looked good, he looked real good. It’s in him, it’s in him. Baseball is definitely in him,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “The guy is a champion. Anybody who is a champion has something to offer to every walk of life.”
Wilson should look good. Despite his football commitments, Wilson also played on the baseball team at North Carolina State in a limited role, and he spent two years in the farm system of the Colorado Rockies, who selected him with a fourth-round pick in the MLB draft. While Wilson isn’t going to be fleeing the NFL any time soon, and he’s certainly not at MLB level yet, he was certainly worth a Rule 5 Draft pick-up by the Rangers, who promptly sold out of Wilson shirts, jerseys, and other memorabilia. Maybe one day he pulls a Michael Jordan and jumps to baseball when he gets tired of being crushed beneath 300-lb behemoths.
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