Watch: Yankees player benched after embarrassing error

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees bats during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 07, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Orioles won 4-3. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks had a rough Friday night, to say the least.

Early in the fourth inning, Hicks dropped a fly ball into left field. To make matters worse, he didn’t immediately pick up the ball because he thought it was a foul. This allowed two Tampa Bay Rays runners to score.

Hicks then allowed a fly ball from Randy Arozarena to go past his reach. Bronx fans started booing him after he made his second mistake of the night.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone made the decision to retire Hicks later in the game.

Hicks addressed Boone’s decision to bench him during his post-game press conference.

“I was benched. I was benched during the game,” Hicks said. “It’s tough, especially when all you want to do is produce for your team and your first two at bats are strikeouts. That’s what it is. I just have to prepare for tomorrow. ”

Boone, meanwhile, said it was just time for him to make a change.

“The second [the Arozarena hit] is really difficult. And the first [the Franco hit] I think he made a good jump and took it down,” Boone told reporters. “Yeah, that’s a bummer. There’s a level of feeling for him there. I just felt like at that moment I needed to make the change.”

The Yankees will be back in action this Saturday afternoon. We will then know if Hicks can bounce back from his worst performance of the season.

Comments are closed.