In case you didn’t know this by now, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also plays baseball. The New York Yankees just acquired him in a trade with the Texas Rangers, and with spring training underway, Wilson got the chance to don the famous uniform and participate in Monday’s batting practice.
Donning jersey #73 instead of his famous #3, Wilson went yard on multiple occasions, as you can see in the video below.
Russell Wilson taking BP. After rough first go-round, here three of the balls leave the yard pic.twitter.com/iwZMrRV5LF— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 26, 2018
Reports vary on how many home runs Wilson ended up hitting. Some say it was five, while ESPN has him pegged at six. Noted baseball crushers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge each reached double figures.
“Ever since I was a young kid I always dreamed to be a Yankee. I always watched them. My favorite player was Derek Jeter growing up, watching him, his professionalism and how he played,” Wilson said (via ESPN).
Manager Aaron Boone said that while Wilson is on the official spring training roster, he won’t play in any of the actual games, as the Yanks get ready for a brand new Major League Baseball season. He’ll be around the team for the rest of this week, and hopefully he comes away unscathed.
So if you’re worried about Wilson making a serious move from the gridiron to the diamond, don’t fret. Besides, his real future is in the boxing ring.