Russell Wilson goes deep in Yankees batting practice many times

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His rights were dealt to the Texas Rangers and eventually the Yankees this winter, allowing his new team to bring him to spring training.

"It's definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done", Wilson said of putting on his No. 73 jersey before takings swings in the same group as big bats like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird. "Ever since I was a young kid I always dreamed to be a Yankee", he said. "I always watched them".

One thing those four don't have in common with Wilson is a championship; Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, and David Robertson were part of the Yankees' last almost a decade ago, but 90 percent of the faces in the clubhouse this spring have never seen the top of the mountain for one reason or another.

Wilson said he hoped to learn from a Yankees' organization that has won 27 World Series titles.

Why won't Russell Wilson go to Mariners spring training instead of joining the Yankees' camp? "If you really know me, baseball's been part of my blood", Wilson added. It's all about who I am and where I come from and what I've done.

Move over Tim Tebow, you're not the only football player on a NY baseball team who can hit the ball out of the park. I'd rather see Wilson passing on his knowledge to the Mariners, his new hometown team, a team that could use it more than the Yankees. A 2014 Super Bowl champion, the 29-year-old worked out at second base in early drills with shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Many sports fans know about Wilson's talents and abilities as a football player in the NFL.

"I love playing the game". Though he won't play any games, he was put through the ringer during infield drills to start the day.

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The four-time NFL Pro Bowler was a two-sport athlete at North Carolina State and was drafted twice by Major League Baseball teams, including in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010.

Wilson said he found out his rights were being traded to the Yankees while he was vacationing in the Bahamas before heading to play in his fourth the Pro Bowl. "I'm ready to hack away".