Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bills' Tuel to show off baseball skills in Toronto


The Buffalo Bills won't be competing at Rogers Centre until Week 13 this year, but some of the team's rookies have plans for some north of the border fun a bit earlier than that.

According to the team's official Twitter feed, the first-year players are headed to Toronto on Wednesday for some batting practice with the Blue Jays before catching the game against the Colorado Rockies. (photo: Jeff Tuel's Twitter account)

One of those players is undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel, who spoke with John Murphy Tuesday about the cross-border trip and his own baseball background.

"I'm pretty fired up about it," Tuel said. "I've got a big baseball background so I'll be swinging for the fences, that's for sure."

Tuel told Murphy that his experience dates back to his youth, and that he played baseball as much as he did football growing up. Rotating between third base and pitcher, Tuel left the game his senior year of high school to fully dedicate himself to football.

"It's like riding a bike, especially in BP," Tuel said regarding his return to the game after a four-year break. "If they were to but a pitcher on the mound I'd be a different story."

Bills players have made the batting practice opportunity somewhat of a yearly bonding event, though this year differs from the past few in that only the rookies will be attending. In years past, defensive lineman Kyle Williams has used the trip to show off his long-ball abilities, winning back-to-back home run derby competitions.

The team's regular season game at Rogers this year will be against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 1. Check out some of the past trips to Blue Jays BP here, via the team's website:

2010 batting practice
2012 batting practice

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