TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has no plans to stop being a two-sport man.
“I’m just 20-years old,” Winston said Tuesday after Florida State lost 8-3 in the New York Yankees’ spring training opener. “This is my life, man. I want to play both as long as I can. I love both of them. I’ve got a strong passion for both.”
Florida State’s quarterback in the fall, Winston went 0 for 2 in the Seminoles’ exhibition game against the Yankees. He grounded out to second base while facing Shane Greene in the sixth and struck out looking on a full-count pitch from Bryan Mitchell two innings later.
“Obviously, he’s a great talent,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I guess he had a football injury in the championship game which kept him from hitting for a while. But he’s just starting to pick up the bat again. I guess he had torn a ligament in his left index finger.”
Winston has made three scoreless appearances as a closer this season but didn’t get a chance to pitch against his favorite baseball team. Seminoles coach Mike Martin said Winston’s arm was a little tender after his outing Saturday.
Winston talked with his favorite player, Derek Jeter, calling the meeting “surreal.” Winston said playing for the Yankees “would be a dream come true.”
“I guess it feels like when I talk to little kids, how they feel sometimes,” Winston said. “They’re speechless, and that’s how I was with Jeter.”
Winston led the Florida State football team to the national championship in a 34-31 victory over Auburn on Jan. 6.