In little more than a month, Jameis Winston went from leading the Florida State Seminoles to the BCS National Championship to serving as a fifth-inning defensive replacement in a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees.
It made no difference to the sparse crowd that turned out at George M. Steinbrenner Field — just about all of it clad in FSU colors — who cheered as the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback jogged out to his position and again as he came to the plate in the top of the sixth with the Yankees leading 5-0.
“It was fun, man, but I think most of them Florida State fans were Yankees fans, they just had on garnet and gold,” Winston said.
The crowd went nuts when he 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.”
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