Russell Wilson doesn’t have much contact with the Texas Rangers, other than an annual visit to spring training. But he still felt a part of the team’s success, watching with rooting interest as the Rangers reached Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
“Obviously just to have the opportunity to be associated with the Texas Rangers and that family there, it’s such a great organization,” Wilson said Wednesday on a conference call with the media at Valley Ranch. “There are so many amazing people and people that just really, really care. I’m really happy for the Rangers and how far they took it just in the sense of getting all the way through the playoffs and almost to the World Series essentially. Pretty exciting to watch their season and just that organization and being a major part of that has been pretty cool, just to be able to watch from afar.”
The Rangers acquired Wilson’s rights in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft in 2013. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has made one-day appearances in Surprise, Ariz., each of the past two spring trainings.
Wilson, who often talks about his love of baseball, laughed when asked what he could have brought to the Rangers in the playoffs.
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“I don’t know,” he said. “They looked pretty good. A tough loss at the end there. But just to watch those guys and the energy and the passion and just all those guys is so exciting to watch. You know, I’m excited for a guy like Prince Fielder who had such an unbelievable comeback season really and the season that he played so well. And so it was pretty cool to watch him play and step up and so many guys to step and keep going.”