With the Yankees down to their final three outs against the Houston Astros on Thursday night, Aaron Hicks continued his penchant for … heroics? Do … do I have that right? No way, right? Hicks has been a borderline lost cause, especially in the power department, how could he — no, wow. That’s right, actually. It says “heroics.”
See, over the past six games, Hicks has drilled arguably the most important hit in three of them. He rocketed a two-out, three-run double to spoil Alek Manoah’s day in Toronto. He crushed the tiebreaking triple in Game 1 of the Tampa series that sent Josh Donaldson home and quickly flipped the narrative once more from Clay Holmes’ blown save to the way a great team perseveres.
And, on Thursday, he sent Astros closer Ryan Pressly deeeeeeeep into the night on a 1-2 fastball, stopping to admire his handiwork and roll his jaw around like a dog waking up — or, should I say, “dawg.”
Hicks’ blast looked remarkably impressive in real time, but the low angle from the on-deck circle that the Yankees tweeted after the game makes it look even more grandiose.
Don’t track Hicks or the bleachers this time. Just watch the flight of the ball, visible on screen the entire time, as it finds its way through the Bronx night.
Special season. Movie-quality.
Yankees’ Aaron Hicks’ home run off Ryan Pressly looks majestic
This homer didn’t end the game — but it did give the remarkable 2022 Yankees an extended chance to show yet again why this year feels different.
If this game was allowed to escape to extra innings, who knows how it ends? Especially with the free runner on second for both teams, and the electric Ryne Stanek looming for Houston?
Instead of keeping the mystery alive, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled — and was controversially caught stealing, another blow that could’ve derailed the inning. It didn’t. Jose Trevino followed with a hit of his own, DJ LeMahieu shrugged off a Joey Gallo strikeout with a 3-2 walk on a fastball just off the plate, and Aaron Judge lined a 3-0 splitter into the left field corner. He was thinking of ending things all along.
And it all started with Hicks’ theatric bat drop, purposeful stumble toward first, and flight into the night.
How high can this Yankees roster fly? About as high as the white pill that Hicks sent sprinting through the stratosphere last night against one of the league’s “elite” closers.
Let this be a lesson to opponents stepping into Yankee Stadium: this lineup goes eight deep now.