Farm club trying to lure QB Wilson
The Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are offering to contribute $20,000 to the charity of Wilson's choice plus an all-inclusive vacation for him and his wife as enticements for the would-be infielder to make an appearance at a game.
"We'd love it if he would talk to our young players and maybe help us with a kids clinic and do a Q&A before one of the games so fans can get to know what's made him successful," said Pelicans vice president and GM Andy Milovich, who added that he didn't expect Wilson to actually play in a game.
Wilson, meanwhile, has been busy with post-Super Bowl activities, including the team's parade through Seattle on Wednesday, and hasn't responded.
The idea came about shortly after the Rangers selected Wilson in the Rule-5 draft in December. Milovich has even appeared in a few videos as Tom Hanks' character in "Cast Away" (yelling "Wilson!" of course), and his team has enlisted the help of a group of Myrtle Beach companies that have agreed to provide greens fees, a car, food, accommodations and entertainment for a vacation.
Milovich says Wilson can come whenever he wants, but offered that the Monday after the Masters in April as a possibility.
"It's a 50-50 shot, I think," Milovich said. "It's a free vacation. Why not here? He's a great guy and we'd love to have him."
Wilson hasn't decided when or if he will visit the Rangers during spring training, although he said after being drafted by the club that he was open to the idea.
"I'm sure I'll go down there for spring training and just talk to some of their players and hang out some," Wilson said at the time. "It'll be kinda cool. But that's down the road."
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