Russell Wilson shows off arm, throws strike in ceremonial first pitch


Apr 2, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws out the first pitch before the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps to the surprise of no one, Russell Wilson was selected to throw a ceremonial first pitch for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Drafted by the team in the Rule 5 draft earlier this year, Wilson made headlines for attending a day of Spring Training with the team, and before the Rangers-Phillies game, he showed the arm everyone knew he had.

“Yeah, I’m used to throwing a baseball, used to throwing a football,” Wilson said after the pitch, via the Associated Press. “Good thing it’s a strike.”

Wednesday was Wilson’s first appearance at Rangers Ballpark and he was grateful for the opportunity.

“The whole experience has been great for me,” Wilson said. “Obviously they want me to part of this organization — if I ever play baseball again or not, if I do the two-sport thing or not, or if I’m just part of the organization.”

Here is the pitch, via Star-Telegram:

This wasn’t the first time Wilson has thrown put the first pitch of a Major League game.

Last summer, he showed great forming throwing out the ceremonial premiere pitch for the Seattle Mariners:

After the festivities, Wilson answered questions about football, which he says is his main focus.

He has already achieved a number of accomplishments, but wonders what his future holds.

“Why can’t I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?’ Wilson said, per “I’m not right now. I’ve got a long way to go. But one day, you know?”