Russell Wilson's childhood visions became a reality Monday as he reported to the New York Yankees' spring training facility, and donned the pinstripes for the first time. The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback will be spending the next five days with the Yankees following a trade last week that sent him from the Texas Rangers' organization to New York's. Perhaps the highlight of Wilson's arrival came when Yankees batting practice Group 2 took center stage. Wilson joined Yankees sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird for a few rounds of live hitting. Unofficially, Stanton paced the group with 15 total home runs, while Judge had 10 and Bird had eight. Wilson got on the home-run leaderboard, too, eclipsing Sanchez by one with six long balls. Although he took some soft toss over the weekend, Wilson, with his 31-ounce Louisville Slugger that had his name printed on it, said this was his first batting practice session in a while. "This is what I've known my whole life," Wilson said. "Now, I couldn't just step on a basketball court. I wouldn't be good at basketball, but baseball, it's like riding a bike once you get back out there for me. It's not an easy sport, though. It's very, very difficult." Difficult or not, Wilson is enjoying being back around baseball. "It's definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done," Wilson said about putting on a Yankees jersey for the first time, with a nod to Babe Ruth. "I tried to get No. 3, but I think somebody had it already.
Seahawks' Russell Wilson joins Yanks, hits 6 HRs in BP
ESPN | Feb 26