Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson Is Headed To Spring Training
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 20, 2014
As you can see from his above tweet, Russell Wilson will be attending Texas Rangers’ Spring Training and wearing a number three Rangers jersey. I’m not sure if his contract with the Seattle Seahawks will allow him to participate in any drills or not, but he will definitely be talking to Rangers’ players about what it takes to be a champion. I would bet a large sum of money that he does some form of the “Why not you?” speech that his father gave him as a child.
According to The Star-Telegram, Rangers’ Assistant GM A.J. Preller sees this as an opportunity to add a good guy to the Rangers’ organization. In December of 2013 he said:
The biggest thing that intrigued us on Russell from afar is the makeup, the way he goes about his business, the professionalism, the competitor, the message we try to preach throughout our organization.
Preller added that he knows that Wilson has already chosen football over baseball once and he may not be a full time Ranger:
At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he’s working on right now, and we don’t want to interrupt that aspect of it. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we decided it would be a positive to have him with us.
Wilson was picked in December 2013’s Rule 5 Draft by the Rangers. He was previously drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round (140th overall) in the 2010 MLB draft. The Rangers paid the Rockies $12,000 for Wilson’s services.
Russell Wilson played second base and spent 2010 with the Tri City Dust Devils (Northwest League, Class A-Short Season) and 2011 with the Asheville Tourists (Atlantic League-Class A), where he combined to hit .229 with five HR, 19 steals and 118 Ks.
His numbers aren’t great, but the Rangers do have an opening at second after they traded away Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder and his replacement, Jurickson Profar, has an injured shoulder and won’t be ready for Opening Day. He’s also got a few months to kill until NFL Training Camp starts up again…
We’ll see what happens when Wilson shows up in Surprise, AZ for his “surprise” visit!.