After spending a week with the Yankees at spring training, Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson left a strong impression on a team whose goal is a World Series.
Wilson, who struck out in his only at-bat, enjoyed a steak dinner with his Yankees teammates on Thursday night. It was one more chance for both sides to learn from each other-- and that's exactly what happened.
"He never wastes a minute -- that's what he talks about," Aaron Judge said, via Coley Harvey of ESPN. "Every minute, everything he does is for a purpose."
Judge, who is working to build on a breakout 2017 season that saw him hit 52 HR and finish second to Jose Altuve in MVP voting, got a deeper understanding of preparation from Wilson.
"When he's working out, everything is for a purpose," Judge said. "The drills he's doing, (they're) for a purpose. He's not just running through to get the reps, to get a feel. It's with a purpose. Hearing that from him was some pretty cool feedback."
Wilson, of course, didn't just do the teaching. He's leaving with a great experience, and hopefully, great friendships.
"It's such a rewarding experience mentally, physically … and it keeps my arm fresh," Wilson said. "It's a great thing. And ultimately, I got to meet some great competitive guys that I relate to, and I got to meet some guys that I can be friends with for a long, long time."