Seahawks QB Wilson hits 6 homers in batting practice with Yankees

Brian Cashman

Day 2 of Russell Wilson playing the role of a New York Yankee did not yield the best results, as the quarterback reportedly took a baseball off the face/neck area while taking grounders. Yes.

The Seahawks quarterback will spend the week with the Yankees after the Rangers traded him to NY last week. Wilson was in the same hitting group as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

"I (asked him), 'Hey man, did you bring a football?' He says he'll have one by the end of the week, so you might catch us out on a back field running some routes". He is wearing No. 73 because No. 7 was his high school baseball number, and obviously No. 3 is what he wears with Seattle.

"I always told my dad I'd be a New York Yankee, and now I'm here", Wilson said. "They don't know me", Wilson said.

"If you really know me, baseball's been part of my blood", Wilson said. And for me, this is part of the process of keeping that mindset: "going to great organizations and observing as much as I can, gaining as much knowledge as I can, and hopefully passing as much knowledge as I can". Wilson played both football and baseball at Collegiate School, a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia.

Then Wilson was led into a room filled with reporters, photographers and TV cameras and did what the Yankees hope he'll do in their clubhouse: Spread a message of positivity and gratefulness. In addition to making routine throws to first, he also worked on his double-play pivots with shortstop Didi Gregorius. He watched them all the time and at the time Derek Jeter was his favorite player.

"I love watching winners win", he said.

NOTES: Boone said he likely will break up Judge, Stanton and Sanchez with left-handed hitters in the batting order against most right-handed pitchers.

Despite the circus-like atmosphere that Wilson's arrival at Steinbrenner Field has created, he told reporters in a news conference that his appearance here was honest. "And I can't wait to learn more about it and use that for my football career, as well". That summer Wilson played infield for the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, in the Northwest League. "I'll be ready to swing. hack away and turn some double plays".

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