While most New York Yankees fans have been loath to count on Aaron Hicks after he dipped out early from the 2021 season, it seems like the Bombers’ center fielder is at least entering 2022 with the correct mentality.
Now, all his fellow Bombers have to do is follow suit and channel Hicks’ words into their actions.
Appearing on the R2C2 podcast alongside Ryan Ruocco and CC Sabathia, Hicks addressed the apparent lack of “edge” most fans have perceived since … well, since Sabathia left the locker room and Hicks was strutting along the first-base line watching his killer blast off Justin Verlander find the pole.
Hicks made it clear to all listeners that the men in that locker room are well aware they need an attitude adjustment this year, and would like to be the ones doing the punching in the face more often than the reacting.
Hicks’ slogan for the 2022 Yankees? “Have some f*** you.”
Probably not going to fly in place of “#SquadUp,” but if the players are vocalizing it, that’s all that matters.
Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks wants the 2022 team to have a “F*** you” attitude adjustment
One way to add “edge”? Trade for a player like Josh Donaldson, who’s always at every opponent’s throat and is unlikely to let the Boston Red Sox get the upper hand just because their fans are drunk and hanging over the bullpen wall.
Another way? Add urgency for the men who are already in that locker room. This window doesn’t last forever, nor does your time in New York. Luke Voit is gone. Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela are out. If you’re still left, it’s time to play to your potential.
Voices across the game have waxed poetic about what Donaldson can bring to this group’s attitude, but a returning switch-hitter like Hicks can inject some swagger of his own. Now the city just needs to see it.
Hicks, DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres all appear to be in more stable mental situations than they were in 2021, opening this season without injury concerns or position changes.
If that trio can bounce back and regain their edge — a lot to bank on, sure, without much insurance behind them — this could be an Aaron Judge Walk Year to Remember.
Brian Cashman should still import some standouts to back them up, though. No mindset shift can prevent soft-tissue injuries.