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When you are a two-time Super Bowl quarterback, how do you entertain yourself in the off-season? If you are Russell Wilson, apparently you do so by jerking around the Texas Rangers. According to CBS Sports Dallas-Fort Worth, the Seattle Seahawks’ signal-caller is planning on an appearance at the Texas Rangers spring training camp.
What’s funny is Wilson, a legitimate two-sport athlete, certainly doesn’t seem like he’s interested in making the team. If he were, you’d think he might show up sometime before March 28th. That’s only a few days before the Rangers break camp; Opening Day for the Rangers is April 6th in Oakland.
What could Wilson and the Rangers possibly hope to accomplish in just a few days in spring training?
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is scheduled to visit the Arizona camp March 28. Like he did in a visit last spring, Wilson is expected to go through a morning workout with the Rangers, address minor leaguers and be in uniform for an exhibition game. It is unlikely that he will play in the game against the San Diego Padres.
The Rangers selected Wilson in 2013 in the Triple-A portion of baseball’s draft, knowing full well he’s got an established career in football and that he is not likely to ever play baseball. Wilson was a minor league infielder in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2010 and 2011. The Rockies drafted Wilson as a second baseman in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and in those two seasons in the low minors, he hit .229 with 5 homers and 26 RBIs. Then, he went back to college to play football, after which he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL draft.
So, let me see if I understand this. Wilson’s not going to be a baseball player, and even if he is, he’s really not all that great. He’s not showing up until the end of camp, so he’s not going to get any better as a player, and even after he gets there, he’s not going to play.
What the hell…??? Apparently, the Rangers believe Wilson can have an impact on their young players.
“He has done something that each one of these players aspire to do, and that’s win a world championship,” new Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Anytime you have a guy like that in camp, it is a big deal to be able to share experiences and leadership values.”
Interesting. I wonder if the Rangers actually understand the message here. Wilson’s presence can really be seen in two ways, neither of them are good. Sure, he’s a “world champion,” but has anybody noticed that ring on Wilson’s finger wasn’t from baseball? In other words, here’s a guy with those “winning values,” and he’s only willing to show up on a part-time basis. That leads to the big problem. Does Wilson’s part-time role tell me that the Rangers don’t have anybody in the organization who has those “winning values?”
The fact the Rangers were the worst team in the American League last year says a lot to that point.