Russell Wilson announces he’ll arrive at Yankees camp next Monday (vid)
Russell Wilson on Thursday announced via Instagram he will make his first official appearance at spring training with the New York Yankees this coming Monday.
Wilson, regaled in a Yankees cap and standing on a New York City street, addresses both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the Instagram video.
“I can’t wait to see you guys Feb. 26,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have some fun for that week. Hey, Aaron Judge, I know you want to throw some passes, so let’s play some ball. We’ll have a little home run derby too. Stanton, I’m coming for you, too. We’ll have some fun, baby. And hey — let’s go win a World Series. Why not? Peace.”
Interestingly, Judge himself is just as excited to see Wilson, saying, “It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Judge’s take on Wilson is universal.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp,” Cashman said, via ESPN. “We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”
The Seattle Seahawks signal-caller was acquired by the Yankees in a trade last week with the Texas Rangers. 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. The terms reportedly involved future considerations for the Rangers.