TAMPA, Fla. — Russell Wilson got his wish.
The Seahawks quarterback, who arrived at Yankees camp Monday and has been working out with the club all week, got an at-bat Friday in a Grapefruit League game against the Braves.
Pinch hitting for Aaron Judge, Wilson received a loud ovation from the large crowd at Steinbrenner Field when he was introduced leading off the bottom of the fifth. He then struck out against lefthander Max Fried.
Wilson swung hard and fouled back a fastball, then took a curveball to fall in an 0-and-2 hole. After watching back-to-back fastballs miss the strike zone, he swung through a 93-mph fastball.
The Yankees acquired the rights to Wilson from the Rangers last month. He had not appeared in a baseball game of any kind since 2011.
General manager Brian Cashman initially said Wilson would work out with the club but not appear in a game. Wilson, who is leaving camp Sunday morning, hoped to get an opportunity to play, though.
“I’ll be ready if it happens,” he said with a smile earlier Friday. He added that the Seahawks were on board with his getting in a game.
“We’re communicating the whole time,” Wilson said. “The reality is I’ve always been working out, always training. They know that.”
Wilson has been talking to other players in the clubhouse almost constantly since his arrival, and he raved about his experience.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I think the best thing is the character of men in this locker room. I think the discipline it takes to be great . . . This organization has pride and tradition, you can feel that. That’s real. There’s a reason why they’ve won 27 world championships.”