When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t launching 53-yard bombs to Tyler Lockett in the end zone, the Super Bowl Champion and perennial Pro Bowler is on a quest to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
Wilson is one of the investors and co-founders of the Portland Diamond Project, a group that is leading the push in bringing a baseball team to the Rose City.
The two-sport athlete was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He recent participated in spring training games for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. Now, he wants to build a baseball community in Portland.
Wilson took over the PDX Diamond Project’s Twitter account to answer your questions. Here’s a wrap up from today’s Q&A.
Whoever collects the most signatures on the @PDXDiamondProj rewards program will win this signed hat! I challenge @Dame_Lillard @CJMcCollum @AbbyWambach to sign the petition! #MLBtoPDX https://t.co/obiWXuqKIJ pic.twitter.com/dmNXYEVqSR— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) June 5, 2019
On which baseball players he looked up to growing up:
My dad and my brother.... pro baseball wise I looked up to Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr. https://t.co/UECmcmlEAK— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On whether he plans on getting any other athletes involved in the project:
We will just have to see.... #intheworks https://t.co/h75eMu9nlZ— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On how soon Portland could have a ballpark:
Well the sooner we get clearance to have MLB in Portland it will take a quick 3 years to have our new ballpark! amazing for fans and famlies https://t.co/b6yY5eZ4o0— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On whether or not the Mariners and Portland's baseball team could build a rivalry:
friendly foes... I believe that when your a professional sports team... every team is your rival in the sense that you are trying to win a championship. However... it makes baseball that much better here in the PNW and for fans to engage in the game they love. Great for famlies! https://t.co/bJHN02wLgL— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On where fans can buy a PDX Diamond Project baseball jersey seen here:
https://t.co/WtoCcB9CPT or our retail store in Portland: 1919 SW Morrison St. https://t.co/BYBmZBPqtc— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On whether or not Wilson will attend baseball games, and if so, who does he want to see:
Any time I can make it to a game I would love to go! No matter what team we play it would be amazing to have MLB in Portland! https://t.co/FleOV9BPv2— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On a timeframe for a possible opening pitch:
Yes, if all goes well opening pitch would be 2023! It will be here in no time! https://t.co/JA3OSCUxlk— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
On his favorite baseball memory:
Playing with my Dad and older brother Harry! https://t.co/saHsx4KnIW— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) June 5, 2019
For more information on how you can help bring MLB to PDX, visit the Portland Diamond Project's website here.