On the Colorado Rockies’ opening day, new Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson earned a standing ovation as he threw the first pitch.
Denver has a new quarterback, and everyone in the city, even the Rockies, seems to be happy about it.
Colorado played the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday for the start of the 2022 baseball season.
The obvious choice to throw out the ceremonial first pitch was Russell Wilson.
Wilson’s appearance on Opening Day was significant in two ways. He’s now the Broncos’ quarterback, so he’d be welcomed at the Rockies’ home stadium.
Wilson might have played for the Rockies at Coors Field in an alternate dimension. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft and spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons in the minors with the Tri-City Dust Devils and Asheville Tourists, respectively. In 2012, he chose to concentrate on the NFL Draft.
That’s where the Seahawks selected him. He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, and he was one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks during the last decade.
The Broncos are hoping he can bring some of that MVP-caliber brilliance to Mile High this season. A fourth-round pick was traded for two first-round picks, two second-round picks and one fifth-round pick, as well as quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. Wilson and the other picks came from the other teams.
It was a significant sacrifice, but John Elway and the rest of the squad are counting on Wilson to make up for it by bringing the team back into Super Bowl contention.
On Friday, however, Wilson’s winning touch did not apply to Colorado. After a five-run fourth inning, the Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 5-3.