Russell Wilson to report to Yankees Spring Training on Monday
Wilson announced his report date in an Instagram post Thursday
Wilson, whose baseball rights the Yankees acquired earlier this month from the Texas Rangers, announced on Instagram that he would be coming to camp for a week starting on Feb. 26, and specifically called out Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton as players he would "have some fun" with.
Wilson, who is a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, is also quite accomplished on the diamond, too; he was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft by Colorado and spent two summers in the Rockies' farm system, hitting .229 in 93 games before choosing to focus on football full-time.
There's no chance Wilson will leave his day job to join the Yankees, but after acquiring Wilson's rights from Texas on Feb. 7, general manager Brian Cashman noted that he was excited to add an "extraordinary athlete" and world champion to his team's stable, even if only for a short cameo.
"There is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp,'' Cashman said after the trade. "We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."
Wilson is no stranger to Spring Training, either, as he most recently went to camp with the Rangers in 2014 and 2015 after Texas selected him in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. This one will be a little more special for Russell, however; his father, Harrison, who passed away in 2010, was a life-long Yankees fan, and Russell told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick after the deal that he thought his dad would be "smiling ear to ear."
"It was always something we talked about," Wilson told Crasnick. "He used to watch all the old Yankees and tell me stories. To be able to put on the pinstripes, it's pretty exciting. It's going to give me chills."