SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 03: Russell Wilson #3 of the Texas Rangers runs through some infield drills during a work out before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Surprise Stadium on March 03, 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson is property of the Texas Rangers, but he's far from being a Ranger.
The 25-year-old Super Bowl champion quarterback reported to Rangers spring training on Monday after the team claimed him from the Colorado Rockies in December's Rule 5 draft and was a hit with the media and fans — obviously a big story.
Wilson suited up in his Rangers jersey sporting No. 3 and worked infield drills with infield guru Ron Washington, and the next day, he was on his way back to Seattle to begin preparing for the 2014 Seahawks season. But Wilson obviously made his impression because the jersey has been flying off shelves since.
According to USA Today, the Rangers' Surprise, Ariz., spring training stadium sold out of their $30 Wilson T-shirt jersey in 10 minutes and sold all but a few of the $125 authentic jerseys by the end of the day on Monday.
So you see, that $12,000 investment the Rangers made in Wilson was most definitely worth it, in jersey sales alone, not even mentioning the worth of the day he spent with the Rangers' young players.