'Baseball's been part of my blood': Inside Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's first day at Yankees camp

March 2, 2018, 12:05 PM

— -- TAMPA, Fla. -- About eight hours before his New York Yankees -- a team he was practically born into rooting for -- played their fourth game of spring training, Russell Wilson was already inside the complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday morning, working out.

It was an early sign of his eagerness to play a part in the storied franchise's latest chapter.

"He's almost giddy. You can tell this is like the first day of school," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "You can tell he's genuinely excited to be here and to just be a part of our guys."

Wilson, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, isn't only "a part" of the Yankees. He's their newest second baseman, traded for earlier this month. He isn't going to play in any games during his six-day stay, nor will he make the 25-man roster in the near future. But the Yankees still hope his presence will have an impact on this year's team. And he hopes this year's team will have an impact on him.