Aaron Judge on new Yankee Russell Wilson: ‘It’s going to be cool to have him here’
Aaron Judge sounded like a fan as opposed to a budding major-league superstar when discussing how the New York Yankees traded for minor-leaguer-turned-NFL quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Seattle Seahawks signal-caller was acquired by the Yankees in a trade last week with the Texas Rangers. He is expected to make an appearance at Yankees’ Grapefruit League camp in Tampa, Fla., either in February or March.
Wilson currently has an empty locker bearing the No. 73 at Steinbrenner Field waiting for his arrival. It’s nearby the stall occupied by Judge, who was a star football wide receiver and defensive end at Linden High School (Calif.).
“It’s going to be pretty cool. I’m looking forward to it,” Judge said Thursday. “Russell Wilson’s a special guy (with) what he’s done in the NFL — not only on the field but off the field — so it’s going to be cool to have him here, and maybe get a chance to talk to him and meet him.”
Judge was asked about the possibility of being able to sling the pigskin around with Wilson at some point.
“We’ll see. I’ll have to bring my football in. I’d love to,” Judge said.
Wilson, a baseball star with the NC State Wolfpack from 2008-2010, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round (140th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB draft. Wilson was traded to the Rangers organization in 2013 and appeared at spring training with the team in 2014 and 2015.
Wilson has always hoped for the opportunity to be part of the Yankees organization. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman worked together to work out a solution over the past several weeks, per an ESPN source. The terms reportedly involved future considerations for the Rangers.
And should Wilson decide to showcase his quarterbacking skills at spring training? We now know Judge would love it.