The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
John Boyle | jboyle@heraldnet.com
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Chances Russell Wilson actually plays for the Rangers Monday? “It ain’t going to happen.”

If you are among the Seahawks fans worried about Russell Wilson making an appearance at Texas Rangers spring training, you can relax now.

Yes Wilson will be in uniform for the Rangers’ game in Surprise, Ariz., Monday, and sure he might take a few hacks in the batting cage or field a few ground balls, but Wilson isn’t going to see any game action.

“The guy hasn’t seen a pitch, he ain’t seen nothing,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters Thursday. “I’m not running him up there. It ain’t going to happen.”

If you somehow missed it, or just needed a refresher, Wilson, who played minor league baseball in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system while in college, was selected by the Rangers in December’s Rule 5 draft. The Rangers didn’t take the Seahawks’ Pro-Bowl quarterback because they expect him to suddenly leave football behind, or because they think he’ll try to become a two-sport athlete; they did it because it was a cheap way to get a lot of publicity, and because they hope Wilson might be able to share some of his winning ways with Texas’ young players.

“We’ll bring him in, get him acclimated, let him meet some of the guys, maybe speak to them and just enjoy his day at the ballpark,” Washington said. “…Our intention is to bring him in and try to see if there’s anything he can say that can help anyone around here who has on a baseball uniform. The guy’s a winner, he has tremendous character, he has attitude, and obviously he has a lot of commitment to what the does. That’s what we’re about, and we just want him to feel comfortable.”

Washington does not, however, have any plans to test Wilson’s ability as a baseball player. As Washington noted, not only has Wilson not played organized baseball in years, he also is a fairly important member of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

“The guy’s the Super Bowl champ,” Washington said. “You think they want him coming out here and getting hurt?”

Here’s a video of Washington talking about Wilson, courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:



Story tags » Seahawks

Sign up for HeraldNet headlines Newsletter
See sample | Privacy policy

Most recent Seattle Sidelines posts

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
» More sports


HeraldNet highlights

Powerlifting passion
Powerlifting passion: South Everett man helps others succeed in sport he excels at
Better for knowing you
Better for knowing you: Hall touched the lives of many people, including a Herald writer
Rocking all over again
Rocking all over again: Heart guitarist Roger Fisher pours soul into new project
Hoop skills
Hoop skills: College students on break teach finer points of basketball
SnoCoSocial