On a random Tuesday night at the end of July, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins decided to have the best baseball game of 2019 out of nowhere.
In a 10 inning, 5-hour marathon, the New York Yankees defeated the Twins 14-12.
The Yankees were up 2-0 after one inning. After four innings the Twins were up 8-2 and all hope was lost. Lol jk, the Yankees scored 5 runs in the eighth inning giving the team a 10-9 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th (where Zack Britton would immediately give that lead away again).
But then in the top of the 9th with two outs and the Yankees down 10-11, Aaron Hicks unfurled his massive testicles and hit a ball to the fucking moon.
A king. A god damn king.
Naturally, the Yankees would give that lead right back to the Twins as Aroldis Chapman came out in the bottom of the 9th and threw every single pitch out of the strike zone. He managed to get 3 outs somehow but the game was tied 12-12 heading into the 10th inning.
The Yankees would score 2 runs thanks to Gleyber Torres and a wild pitch.
So in the bottom of the 10th inning, Adam Ottavino went out there and did his best Chapman impression walking batters and preparing to give up the lead again.
Not on Aaron Hicks’s watch.
If you weren’t aware until last night, you now know one huge fact: The New York Yankees are going to the World Series and the Minnesota Twins aren’t going to stop them.
The Yankees are up 10 games in the AL East and just put 14 runs on the Twins’s craniums.
Aaron Hicks has 11 homers and 34 RBIs. His numbers don’t jump off the page especially considering he missed the beginning of the season with a back injury.
But there’s no one the Yankees would rather have out in centerfield and Hicks proved on Tuesday night that he deserves all of the glory.
Name a better centerfielder than Aaron Hicks?
Mike Trout. Exactly, no one.
Get the Minnesota Twins OUT of here and give Aaron Hicks the key to the city. It’s Hicks’s world and we’re all lucky enough to live in it. Except for the Twins. They no longer live in it. The Twins are dead, Aaron Hicks killed them.