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Minor league baseball team will donate $10K to charity if Russell Wilson plays one game

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

While Russell Wilson's agent says the Super Bowl-winning quarterback still wants to visit Texas Rangers spring training camp, the Rangers' advanced Single-A team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, has another idea.

They don't want Wilson to just show up at camp, they want him to play an actual minor-league game. So the Pelicans started a #WeWantWilson campaign aimed at getting the Seattle Seahawks quarterback to play one game with the team.

The Pelicans say they'll donate $10,000 to the charity of Wilson's choosing if he plays, and they made a "Cast Away"-inspired video to go with their campaign. (Get it? Because Tom Hanks calls the volleyball Wilson). It's totally minor-league. We'll let you decide if it's too cheesy or just the right amount of cheesy.

The Rangers do own Wilson's baseball contract after selecting him in December's Rule 5 draft. He last played on the Colorado Rockies' Single-A team, so a place like Myrtle Beach is where Wilson would likely start in the unlikely scenario that he went back to baseball.

That Rockies Single-A team — the Asheville Tourists — is jumping in on the fun too. They worked quick and already erected a "congratulations" billboard, noting Wilson played second base for them in 2011.

Wilson also played his college baseball at NC State (football too, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin) and is from Virginia, so people in the area ought to appreciate the gesture. Maybe even a few Carolina Panthers fans.

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