Russell Wilson suit up for Rangers Spring Training game

Russell Wilson still pushing this baseball thing, will suit up for Rangers Cactus League game

2/27/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Russell Wilson suit up for Rangers vs. IndiansIt was bad enough when the Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft this past December. It was even worse when the Rangers invited Wilson to Spring Training. It worse still when Wilson agreed to attend Rangers' Spring Training, and a Texas Rangers baseball card was produced with his likeness. Now we have the news that the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback will suit up for a Cactus League game when the Rangers face the Tribe on Monday in (surprise!) Surprise, Arizona.

Rangers manager Ron Washington insists Wilson will not actually play in the game. "The guy's a Super Bowl champ," Washington told ESPN Thursday. "You think they want him to come down here and get hurt?"

Ummmm, you think Ron Washington cares what the Seahawks' concerns are? The Rangers and Seahawks are not in the same division, conference or even sport.

So the Russell Wilson-Texas Rangers thing keeps taking baby steps with the news that Russell Wilson will suit up for a Rangers game against Cleveland. Yes, it is a Spring Training exhibition game, and the Rangers say Wilson won't get an at-bat. But how many other NFL players do you see attending MLB Spring Training right now?

Blog Photo - Russell Wilson suit up for Rangers vs. Indians"This isn't Wilson's first foray into professional baseball," writes MLB.com's Chad Thornburg. "The former infielder was originally drafted by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He spent two years in the Rockies' Minor League system before moving on from baseball to play his final collegiate football season at Wisconsin."

From there Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, and you know how that story went.

There is no real rreason to believe that Russell would now pursue a pro baseball career. But it seems odd that this dalliance between Wilson and the Rangers keeps going further and further. Or to Seattle Seahawks fans, it keeps getting worse and worse.

And it can still get even worse, Seahawks fans. Wilson told "Access Hollywood" this week that he is interested in competing on "Dancing with the Stars".
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2/27/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Okay, what is it with these athletes who want to play in multiple pro sports?