Last month, the Yankees completed a trade with the Texas Rangers to acquire Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who had been in the Rangers system for a few years. This move was cool for the average fan who can appreciate what Wilson was really here for. The reason he was brought in wasn’t because he is a serious baseball player, especially considering he will be the Seahawks quarterback for the next 10+ years. The reason Wilson was brought in was because in the past the Yankees have shown video of Wilson’s interviews in seminars on how to handle the media in New York.
Wilson is a high character guy, and what the Yankees love most, is that he is a winner. The Yankees hoped that Wilson being in camp talking to the young players would rub off on them, so they too can understand what is takes to win, and how to survive the grind of a season.
During the week Wilson was in Tampa, Wilson hit in a batting practice group with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird. And to be completely honest, he held his own, hitting 6 home runs during his first session with the group. I don’t think anyone should’ve read too much into that considering it was spring training batting practice, but it was cool.
Many people thought this was a PR stunt by the Yankees and I refused to believe that. Until today. Wilson, who grew up a Yankees fan, is only scheduled to be in camp until this Sunday before continuing his NFL workouts, you know, since that’s his real gig. In Friday afternoons game against the Braves the Yankees gave Wilson an at-bat, in which he looked foolish, striking out against a guy I have never heard of.
I was, and still am, all in for bringing in guys who can help a team build character, deal with media, and teach them how to be winners. And I really thought that’s what this was. And deep down, maybe it was and the at-bat was just a thank you to Wilson. Either way, I wasn’t a fan of seeing him in a game. I loved everything else, but this was a step too far for me.
The Yankees are pushing towards their 28th championship and this doesn’t change anything, and maybe helps them in some aspects.