Aaron Hicks flipped his bat in disgust after a swing ... and the ball sailed over the wall for a homer
Since the middle of September, Aaron Hicks has been heating up in anticipation of the postseason. He had a 1.017 OPS over a 10-game stretch before leaving early on Monday due to tightness in his left hamstring.
Hicks returned to the Yankees' lineup for Friday's 11-6 win over the Red Sox, hoping to prove that his hot streak hadn't faded in the days off. In the top of the fourth inning, he got a pitch to his liking from William Cuevas and swung.
Hicks was almost immediately disgusted with his swing. He flipped the bat away in anger and slowly began to trot to first, thinking it was merely a flyout:
Naturally, the ball went 398 feet and over the right-field wall for a home run anyway. When you're hot, you're hot.
Hicks could only smile sheepishly as he got to first.
We would say that Hicks shouldn't have doubted himself, but it's obvious that he's just taking a page out of former Yankee fan favorite Paul O'Neill's book.
You're strong baseball players, guys. Have a little confidence!
That's the spirit.