Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took batting practice with the Yankees again on Friday before ending his six-day stay with the club.
By Randy Milller
TAMPA — Russell Wilson decided to get in one last spring training practice with the Yankees before flying home to Seattle to go through more conventional offseason training for the 2018 NFL season.
The morning after the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was given an at-bat in a Grapefruit League game, he was on a back field Saturday taking a final round of batting practice with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.
Before noon, his work day was done, so Wilson headed back to the Yankees clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field to shower, change and clean out his locker.
Everyone else’s stall had a goodbye gift, a boxed autographed football that was signed, “Russell Wilson, John 3:30, SB 48 champs.”
The SB 48 is for Wilson winning Super Bowl XLVIII and John 3:30 is the Christian’s favorite Bible verse: “He must increase, I must decrease.”
Yankees players were excited about the football.
“Pretty cool,” left-hander Jordan Montgomery said. “But wish I was taken care of like Kahnle!”
Reliever Tommy Kahnle is an Eagles fanatic who has a bunch of Eagles jerseys and an Eagles helmet in his locker, but on Saturday someone (Wilson?) hung a signed Wilson No. 3 Seahawks jersey there, and it seemed as if it was positioned to cover the Eagles stuff.
Wilson joined the Yankees last Monday for a six-day stay in spring camp that included daily BP and fielding practice at second base, and the 2010 Colorado Rockies’ fourth-round draft pick hit a bunch of BP homers and looked good in the field.
The highlight of Wilson’s week was his appearance in Friday’s spring game against the Atlanta Braves.
Pinch-hitting for Judge to lead off home fifth, Wilson took a good hack on a pitch that was fouled back before striking out swinging on a 2-2 offering from left-hander Max Fried.
“It was a fun week, but now it’s time to go home,” Wilson said.