Jameis Winston could face Yankees today


Jameis Winston cracks up as football highlights are shown Feb. 1. (Mike Ewen / AP)

Sometime Tuesday, Jameis Winston may be summoned from the bullpen to determine just what kind of skills he has as a closer.

Or he may play the outfield. His ability as a quarterback is well-documented, but there’s more to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led Florida State to the national football title. The pitcher/outfielder loves baseball and could face the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. As if the prospect of facing major league hitters weren’t daunting enough, the Yankees happen to be Winston’s favorite team.

“I think I’m going to be a little starstruck,” he told ESPN.

Winston, a sophomore, hopes to lead Florida State to a national baseball title and go on to play both sports professionally, like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson.

“It will be fun to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Obviously, he’s extremely athletic when you watch him play the game of football. He’s got a great arm. Pretty mature for his age.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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