When the New York Yankees decided to part ways with outfielder Aaron Hicks, little did they realize the prodigious turnaround his career would witness upon joining the Baltimore Orioles. A pivotal figure during the Orioles' regular season, Hicks is now poised to make significant contributions in the postseason as the team vies for the pennant.
The switch to Baltimore has brought Hicks back into the limelight. After a tumultuous spell of injuries and underwhelming displays spanning eight years in Yankee Stadium, Hicks faced consistent criticism from disheartened Yankees aficionados.
Hicks' Resurgence Stirs Debate
However, the narrative has shifted. MLB enthusiasts have been flocking to X, the popular social media platform formerly known as Twitter, expressing their astonishment at Hicks' resurgence. “What is it with players struggling in NY? It's infuriating,” comments user stantonmvp2024.
Others like i95Bully and DontTradeKepler hint at the intense pressure New York players face, while some, such as AustinRendini, rue the Yankees' decision to let Hicks go. In contrast, danielsmith0122, identifying as a Yankees supporter, commends Hicks.
“His struggles in New York only got worse as fan pressure intensified. The game’s mental challenges are substantial, and it was evident he required a fresh environment”. Remarkably, since his Orioles' debut on May 31, Hicks has been on a tear.
Over a 16-game stretch, he boasted an OPS of 1.005, notching up 16 hits in 51 at-bats, peppered with doubles, triples, and home runs. His prowess at the plate isn't accidental; Hicks attributes his newfound form to the Orioles' hitting coaches who refined his swing mechanics and reshaped his batting mentality.
With seven home runs under his belt since joining the Orioles, as compared to a solitary homer during his 28-game stint with the Yankees this year, Hicks has undoubtedly found his mojo. Now, as the Orioles set their sights on a coveted World Series title, Aaron Hicks remains at the forefront, aiming to clinch the championship dream that eluded him during his years with the Yankees.