What happens when one of the top NFL quarterbacks of his generation pulls a Bo Jackson and plays in an MLB game?
Russell Wilson stepped to the plate in the Yankees’ spring training game against the Braves Friday afternoon, with the eyes of both MLB and the NFL upon him. While he ended up striking out, the Super Bowl champion QB certainly didn’t embarrass himself.
“I knew I faced him! That’s funny,” Shreve said. “I knew he played football and knew he was leaving to play football, but I didn’t know what he was going to turn into.”
This year, however, many of those free agents are at a MLBPA free agent camp, the union’s first of its kinds since the players’ strike in 1995, with Astros manager Bo Porter leading the workouts.
“The thought process was, if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it the way spring training is supposed to be run,” Porter said about coaching the camp, per ESPN.com.
Although there is still hope for the free agents, many have started to see the warning signs after waiting for months without a call, including free-agent infielder Chris Johnson. He’s not alone as nearly a third of those who were free agents in November are still without a team.
“After you get past New Year’s and haven’t heard anything — not even a little interest — obviously you start to worry in the offseason. You’re like, ‘Man, is this it? Am I done? Am I not gonna be able to play anymore?'” Johnson said. “[When] you don’t hear anything, and people start talking about ’20 days until pitchers and catchers [report]’ and things like that, then obviously you start to panic a little bit.”