Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hit six home runs on 39 pitches when he took his first batting practice in a Yankees uniform on Monday.
"I think that if you really know me, baseball's been a part of my blood," Wilson, whom the Yankees acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers earlier in the offseason, told reporters. "It's been a part of who I am and where I've come from and what I've done. When you see me make plays on the football field, a lot of that's a direct correlation to baseball."
Russell Wilson taking BP. After rough first go-round, here three of the balls leave the yard pic.twitter.com/iwZMrRV5LF- Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 26, 2018
The 29-year-old Wilson took batting practice in the same group as Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, and Judge said he was impressed not just with Wilson's hitting, but his approach to playing sports.
"It's just cool being able to pick his brain, that was the coolest part for me," Judge said. "When he's working out, everything is for a purpose."
Originally a Rockies fourth-round pick in 2010, Wilson joined the Rangers organization in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft and appeared at Texas' spring training in 2014 and 2015 as a second baseman. He has a career .229/.354/.356 batting line with five home runs and 26 RBIs at the Class-A level.
But he said he has no plans on leaving football, where he has a Super Bowl win, 177 total touchdowns and a 65-30-1 career record since making his Seahawks debut in 2012.
"I love playing the game I play now," he said. "Being the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, I'm one of 32 men in the world that get to do what I get to do. It's the best job in the world, and so for me I'm very passionate about that. And my focus is winning more Super Bowls, doing whatever it takes to do that."
Judge quipped that he and some other Yankees may be throwing something other than a baseball with Wilson in the outfield later this spring.
"You might catch us on a back field or something, running a couple routes," Judge said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.