As Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson followed the World Series, he paid a little extra attention to a player who for at least a few weeks he once called a teammate — eventual World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.
Wilson said today that he was roommates and teammates with Bumgarner at two all-star tournaments in the summer of 2006 — one in Wilmington, N.C. and the other in Long Beach, Calif. Wilson said at the 2006 East Coast Showcase in Wilmington, the team he was on with Bumgarner won the whole thing. The tourney in Long Beach was the annual Area Code Games.
Bumgarner is from Hudson, N.C and Wilson Richmond, Va.
“I’ve gotten to know him over the years,” Wilson said, recalling Bumgarner as “a big guy. He could really throw it. A great athlete. Excited for him. He’s a true competitor.”
Wilson said he never had to face Bumgarner since they were always on the same team.
“I’m glad I didn’t have to hit off of him,” Wilsons said. “. … he was throwing 96. He always just had a great arm. He had a lot of pitches and could do a lot of things. And he could hit pretty good, too, if I recall.”
Wilson also played against Giants catcher Buster Posey when Wilson was attending North Carolina State and Posey was at Florida State.
“So to watch those two guys, it’s pretty special,” Wilson said.