Joe Kelly reveals profanity-laced message he shouted at Aaron Hicks after pickoff

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By , Audacy

Joe Kelly noticed Aaron Hicks was pressing, so he made him pay.

During the Chicago White Sox’ 5-0 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday, Kelly was on the mound in the seventh with Hicks on second and the Sox up 1-0. Hicks got a really aggressive lead, and Kelly, who already was set, stepped off and picked Hicks off with ease.

Immediately after the tag was placed, Kelly started walking towards second and started shouting at Hicks.

Kelly, never one to hide from conflict, shared what he told the center fielder on 670 The Score’s “Parkins and Spiegel.”

“He tried to go outside the box and make something happen to totally redeem himself, and then it kind of backfired,” Kelly said of Hicks, who has been hugely underperforming this season. “So I was coming set, (Josh Harrison) was like ‘Step off, step off,’ and I was like, oh.

“So then I turn and I throw, and I beat him by a mile,” Kelly added. “I could see Aaron’s face just demoralized. So I was like ‘That a baby, Aaron. What the f— are you doing? I said way to go, you’re such a stud, that a baby. And I just let it rip because it was the dumbest s— ever, you know what I mean? Just play your game, don’t press.”

Indeed, that gaffe was emblematic of the season Hicks has had thus far. For his sake, hopefully he’s good at tuning things out, because that’s a rough message to get from an opposing pitcher who still had another out to get.

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