San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell jokes that the Seattle Seahawks should replace Russell Wilson with Tom Brady after blockbuster trade
Blake Snell might be with the San Diego Padres now, but growing up, he was a Mariners fan, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Before he was the Tampa Bay Rays’ first-round pick in 2011, he committed to the University of Washington.
Snell still lives in Washington during the offseason, with his dog Junior, named for Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. When The Athletic (Subscription required) paid him a visit in January 2020, they saw framed jerseys in his man cave from friends around the league, including another Seattle star, “King Felix” Hernández. They also noted that like many Seattle natives, Snell is a big Starbucks guy.
So when the Seattle Seahawks dropped a proverbial bomb in the form of trading their Super Bowl champion QB Russel Wilson to the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, Snell had a hilarious reaction:
Snell also replied to NFL insider Adam Schefter’s “blockbuster” announcement of the trade, with a comment that bears an eery resemblance to the Rays trading Snell after losing the World Series:
Wilson has been with the Seahawks since 2012, and in that time, has been named to nine Pro Bowls and led his team to two Super Bowls. Ironically, his Super Bowl victory was against his new team, the Denver Broncos.
However, baseball fans will recall that Wilson was actually drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and again by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, the year before Snell was drafted by the Rays. Wilson has spent time in the Rockies, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees organizations over the years while continuing his impressive NFL career.
Will Blake Snell ever play for his hometown Seattle Mariners?
Months after he won the AL Cy Young Award, the Rays signed Snell to a five-year, $50M contract in March 2019. Two months after losing the 2020 World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rays traded Snell to the Padres.
Thus far, Snell has not played for his hometown Mariners, but he’s been the subject of many trade proposals over the last few years. And since his contract doesn’t include a full no-trade clause, anything is possible.