Russell Wilson Kicks Off Yankee Training Practice With Adorable Children

Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman

Russell Wilson reported to Yankees camp on Monday, where he'll spend the next few days working out and living his baseball dream.

"I was always a fair-weather fan".

The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback is scheduled to spend five days at the facility with the Yankees following a trade last week in which he was sent to NY by the Texas Rangers.

Wearing pink sunglasses for BP, Wilson fell short of the fence in his first 17 swings with a 33 1/2-inch, 31-ounce personalized black Louisville Slugger.

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Gabe Lacques of USA Today reports that Wilson said he promised his dad he would be a Yankee one day and that it was a childhood dream of his to don the pinstripes.

Move over Tim Tebow, you're not the only football player on a NY baseball team who can hit the ball out of the park. Manager Aaron Boone has stressed that Wilson's primary duty is simply to enjoy himself. But the Yankees say he'll have to settle for playing in practice because they have no plans to use him in a game. That made it look like his career may be at an end, but the Phillies offered him a shot and he's making the most of it. "K-Rod" struck out Didi Gregorious, the first batter he faced.

For his part, Wilson referred to Judge and Stanton as "future Hall of Famers". "The thing I'm excited about the most is learning about the Yankees and how they've won 27 world championships". "If you really know me, baseball's been part of my blood".

Wilson said he hopes his time in camp is mutually beneficial.

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"Having a championship mindset's an everyday thing", Wilson said. Gray has a history of pitching like a top-end starter, and if he returns to that form in 2018 it will go a long way for NY.

As for Wilson and his playing ability, he was showing off in the cage Monday afternoon, cranking three homers.

"It's just cool being able to pick his brain, that was the coolest part for me", Judge said. "And as a middle infielder, which I am, you have to be a great communicator, and that's vital to playing quarterback". "Being the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, I'm one of 32 men in the world that get to do what I get to do". In 2006, Wilson and eventual San Francisco Giants World Series Most Valuable Player Madison Bumgarner were roommates at the Area Code Games, an annual showcase for the nation's elite high school baseball players held in Long Beach, California.

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