Heisman Trophy and BCS national championship winner Jameis Winston of Florida State took a swing at playing against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Winston, also a member of the Seminoles baseball team, hit a broken-bat groundout to second base against right-hander Shane Greene at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., in the sixth inning and struck out looking against Bryan Mitchell in the eighth inning of the Yankees' first spring training game.
The quarterback, who is also Florida State's closer, came into the game as a fifth-inning defensive replacement. He also is a relief pitcher.
"It was fun, man, but I think most of them Florida State fans were Yankees fans, they just had on garnet and gold," said Winston, who has said that the Yankees are his favorite team.
"I gotta get better with the bat. I've 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."
Before the game, Winston was pictured with Yankees greats Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.
Winston is hoping to play both football and baseball professionally.
"It will be fun to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier. "Obviously, he's extremely athletic when you watch him play the game of football. He's got a great arm. Pretty mature for his age."
Winston has pitched four scoreless innings with three strikeouts so far this season for Florida State, which was 6-0 entering the game against the Yankees. In January, he led the football team to a 14-0 season capped by a 34-31 victory Jan. 6 over Auburn for the BCS title. He also played in 41 games for the baseball team last year, 22 in the outfield, 10 as a DH and nine as a relief pitcher.
"I'm just 20 years old, man, living my life, and I want to play both (football and baseball) as long as I can," Winston said. "Like I said, it's just me having fun with those guys in the clubhouse. I love both of them I got a strong passion for both.
"I probably have more success in football, but baseball is a passion of mine and I want to play as long as possible."