Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll deflected questions about his star quarterback’s spring (training) fling with the New York Yankees, instead choosing to offer a scouting report on the second baseman.
“So far he’s not doing a great job going with the pitches away from him, and we’re hoping that he’s going to start putting the ball into right field a bit more and going with the pitch,” Carroll said Thursday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Aside from that, the curveball is still giving him a problem like it always did back in the day, so we’ll see what happens.”
Carroll offered his tongue-in-cheek scouting report as a way to deflect a question regarding allowing Wilson to play in a Grapefruit League game with the Yankees, as opposed to just taking ground balls and batting practice with the team.
Wilson played second base in college at North Carolina State. He was drafted in 2010 by the Colorado Rockies but chose to focus on football instead. The Rockies kept his baseball rights, which were acquired by the Texas Rangers last year and now the New York Yankees this season.
While it is still not clear if Wilson will don the Yankee pinstripes in a game this spring, his coach could not be happier his quarterback is pursuing his passion in the offseason.
“He’s going to be working out and doing something anyway,” Carroll commented when asked about Wilson’s baseball career. “He reports in impeccable condition. He’s extraordinarily dedicated to doing everything he can to be right. Some guys are maybe traveling around the world, he’s playing baseball. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all.”
Second baseman/quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks will be enjoying their offseason until OTAs officially begin.