It was his late father’s dream for his son.
Two coasts and two sports! Russell Wilson has been traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for future considerations.
The 29-year-old quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks announced the news on Wednesday on Twitter.
“Thank you Texas… Hello New York,” he wrote. “Always said we’d be a Yankee Pops! #MLB @Yankees.”
Wilson’s wife, Ciara, also took to social media to celebrate the milestone.
“Historic Day For Our Family!” she captioned a clip of Yankees hats as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” played in the background. “We’re so proud of you @DangeRussWilson for becoming a #Yankee! @Yankees!”
The decision is a very personal one for Wilson, whose late father, Harrison Wilson III, was a big Yankees fan.
“It was always something we talked about. He used to watch all the old Yankees and tell me stories,” Wilson told ESPN after the trade. “To be able to put on the pinstripes, it’s pretty exciting. It’s going to give me chills.”
Wilson had previously played for the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system before being selected by the Texas Rangers. According to ESPN, he’s expected to appear at the Yankees’ spring training either this month or in March.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman opened up about the trade in a statement, saying, "We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time. This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."
For more from Wilson and Ciara, watch the clip below!