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Monday Round-Up: Russell Wilson hits home run in batting practice with Texas Rangers
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, March 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Wilson Joins Rangers Spring Training
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers at spring training this past Saturday.
It was Wilson's second visit to the team's Arizona-based operation after the Rangers selected the Seattle signal caller in the Class AAA portion of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. Like he did at last year's camp, Wilson suited up for a one-day workout with the Texas ball club, fielding ground balls at second base before playing spectator during the Rangers' exhibition against the San Diego Padres.
“It’s an honor just to be here,” Wilson said via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. “Growing up as a little kid, I dreamed of playing two sports and I always played both. Just to be here and have this opportunity, I’m grateful. It’s truly humbling to be able to play with these big leaguers, guys like Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus. ”
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 28, 2015
Wilson, a baseball player during his time at North Carolina State who also played two seasons of minor league ball as a member of the Colorado Rockies' organization before he went to Seattle with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, didn't take part in batting practice last year. But he managed to hit a home run in his stint at the plate this past weekend.
“I haven’t swung a bat in about two years,” said Wilson. “I lasered one out in left-center field. That was good. I stayed back and was able to drive it to left-center. It feels good hitting a home run. There’s something special about throwing a touchdown, because it’s so hard to get touchdowns, but getting a home run is a good feeling too."
In his time with the media in Arizona, Wilson also talked about the Seahawks' outcome of Super Bowl XLIX, the team's trade for tight end Jimmy Graham, contract extension for running back Marshawn Lynch, and more. Divish's article has the details.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from birthday-boy Richard Sherman, who's clearly motivated to get the 2015 season underway. The Seahawks All-Pro cornerback turns 27 today.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, longtime beat writer Clare Farnsworth recaps his final day in Hawkville by thanking all of those who thanked him after he announced his retirement last week. Farnsworth calls it a career after 36 seasons and 700 games spent covering the Seahawks.
Art Thiel at SportsPressNW.com pays tribute to Farnsworth's career covering the club.
Peter King at TheMMQB.com has his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column with key takeaways from last week's NFL Annual Meeting. On page two, King talks with Carroll about the team's finish to Super Bowl XLIX and if the Seahawks fan base has come to terms with Carroll's rationale for Seattle's last offensive play call, "What I’m feeling from our fans? They’re ready to get going. They’re ready to move on. They’ve been so strong … We’ll look back someday and we’ll see what this time period meant. That game is gonna be a marker, just as the game a year ago was a marker. We’ll see what it means when we add it all up. That play was the play. That was that play. It was the result that wasn’t good."
With Wrestlemania XXXI taking place yesterday at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, Adam Rank at NFL.com compares players around the League to their WWE counterparts. The Seahawks' Wilson, Sherman, Lynch and Graham each earn a mention.
And Super Bowl XLIX between the Seahawks and New England Patriots has made it to the semifinal round of NFL.com's "Bracketology" feature to determine the greatest game of all-time. You can vote for - or against- the game right here.