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Russell Wilson from Yankees camp: ‘Baseball’s been part of my blood’

Russell Wilson on Monday, as expected, made his first appearance at spring training with the New York Yankees. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who was acquired by the Bronx Bombers earlier this month in a trade, called the opportunity to don the pinstripes a “dream come true.”

Not only that, Wilson also explained why he continues his flirtation with the game of baseball.

“Some people always, for me, get confused on ‘is this just a stunt’ or whatever. They don’t know me. If you really know me, baseball’s been part of my blood,” Wilson said, via ESPN. “When you see me make plays on the football field, a lot of that’s a direct correlation to baseball.”

Wilson, as noted, was acquired by the Yankees in a trade earlier this month 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 a Yankee. 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.

Wilson explained his love for the Yankees, describing it as a family affair.

“I love watching winners win,” Wilson said. “Loved seeing the process of why they won. The discipline it took. The passion of the fans. The energy they played with. The poise that they played with. Guys like Andy Pettitte. Guys like Derek Jeter and [Jorge] Posada.

“My great-uncle wears his Yankee hat every single day. He was a lawyer in New York for a long, long time. But he wears a Yankee hat every day, no matter where he goes. He comes to a Seahawks game, he’s wearing a Yankees hat.”

And Wilson made something of a splash during his first day of batting practice, showcasing some power by going yard on a handful of occasions.

Not a bad start.