Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After leading Florida State to the national football title, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston saw action for the Seminoles baseball team when they clashed with the New York Yankees in Tuesday’s spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Winston served as fifth-inning defensive replacement, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Seminoles dropped an 8-3 decision to the Yankees.
With the victory, the Yankees improved their all-time series record against the Seminoles to 3-0. They defeated the Seminoles, 10-5, in 1979 and 7-3 in 1985 in Tallahassee.
“It was fun man, but I think most of them Florida State fans were Yankees fans, they just had on garnet and gold,” said Winston.
The crowd cheered as Winston broke his bat in half on a foul ball off Shane Greene, the Yankees’ third pitcher of the day. Winston wound up grounding out weakly to second. He received another ovation as he jogged back to the dugout.
In the eighth inning, Winston struck out looking against Bryan Mitchell.
“I gotta get better with the bat,” Winston said. “I been struggling this spring, but that’s baseball man. When you get back in the rhythm, you can go 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, but I only got one, so that’s the only positive I got out of the day.”
Winston played in 41 games for the baseball team last year, 22 in the outfield, 10 as a DH and nine as a relief pitcher.
“I probably have more success in football but baseball is a passion of mine and I want to play as long as possible,” Winston said.