As if the New York Yankees didn’t already have enough superstars in their lineup.
On Wednesday, the Bronx Bombers picked up another one… From another sport.
Russell Wilson, known best as a star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, is a pretty good baseball player too.
Wilson was first drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft, and was re-drafted three years later in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies.
He actually played two years of pro baseball in the Rockies’ minor league system in 2010 and 2011, but never pursued the game further than that. He made his NFL debut with the Seahawks in 2012.
The Texas Rangers, who owned Wilson’s rights, traded him to the Yankees for future considerations. While the Seahawks QB has no designs on becoming a two-sport athlete, he does plan to participate in Spring Training with New York – a team he wanted to join. Wilson has made a pair of one-day cameos with Texas in Spring Training in 2014 and 2015.
Thank you Texas…Hello New York.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 7, 2018
“I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers and Jon Daniels for drafting me and giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again,” Wilson said in a public statement on Twitter. “Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes in football early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. During my two springs with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game.
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing Quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.
“Thank You Texas.”