Russell Wilson gets chance to bat in Yankees spring training game

Russell Wilson gets chance to bat in Yankees spring training game

Seattle's franchise quarterback, wearing shiny, reflective sunglasses and jersey number 73 over the Yankees' iconic, pinstriped trousers, struck out swinging Friday in a spring-training game in Tampa against the Atlanta Braves.

But Wilson and the Yankees apparently got the Seahawks' blessing to allow him a plate appearance in a game.

Wilson, pinch-hitting for right fielder Aaron Judge, led off the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday's game against Atlanta Braves reliever Max Fried.

Almost seven years after grounding into a double play against the Rome (Georgia) Braves, Wilson took the count to 2-balls and 2-strikes against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried before striking out swinging on a 93-mph fastball.

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Reports are that Wilson has been hitting well at batting practice and fielding balls nicely. "I'll always remember when they announced my name".

Wilson hinted at the possibility of getting a chance to hit before the game. Wilson played baseball for the Wolfpack from 2008-10.

"I was up for the challenge", Wilson said.

"I think it's awesome", Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told media at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

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That also puts Wilson ahead of Adam Lind, who showed up before the game, a duffel bag packed with bats slung over his shoulder, after Brian Cashman rescued him from "Camp Jobless" down I-75 in Bradenton.

"Every one of these years is another opportunity to grow, and he's been compared to the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in this league, and we always look at them when they're in Year 13 or 14 or 11".

"He's not doing a good job of going with the pitches away from him". "We are hoping he will start putting the ball into right field a little bit more, you know".

Wilson has spent time with the Yankees in spring training, although the team originally said he would not appear in a Grapefruit League game.

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