The Yankees have seemingly begun to bring back some of the good vibes from earlier in the season after winning four straight over the Rays and Red Sox, while rebuilding a cushion atop the AL East.
But there are still two struggling Bombers who Keith McPherson thinks have long overstayed their welcome.
On the latest episode of the BXB podcast, Keith had to vent to Chris McMonigle (filling in for Sweeny Murti) about the continued struggles of Aaron Hicks, who saw time in both games of the Boston series despite batting .209 on the season and starting last weekend’s Rays series by striking out twice and badly misplaying two balls in left field, including sulking after dropping a fly ball that he didn’t realize landed in fair territory.
“When I saw Aaron Hicks in the lineup the second game, I just didn’t understand…what is it?” Keith said. “Maybe it’s just an Aaron thing. Aarons stick together. Fans would never put Aaron Hicks in the lineup, but Aaron Boone will keep putting Aaron Hicks in the lineup, because he’s his friend. I guess Aarons have a connection.
“I have no other rhyme or reason as to why Aaron Hicks keeps getting opportunities over Miguel Andujar, Estevan Florial, or even Tim Locastro.”
Elsewhere on the diamond, Josh Donaldson picked up two hits, including a home run, in his return from the paternity list back on Saturday, but has since logged just two hits in his last 14 at-bats, and has a season OPS of just .688. Keith is fed up with Donaldson’s antics, which aren’t nearly worth it given how little he has provided at the plate this season.
“This guy shouldn’t even be on the team,” Keith said. “I look at Josh Donaldson, you do nothing for me. He attracts too much negative attention for the production that he brings. You’re not the guy, bro. Aaron Judge is the guy, and you should mirror what he does. Judge is humble. Judge hits most home runs and looks almost ashamed. He looks down and puts his bat down like, ‘Oh, I did it again.’ follow that guy. Josh Donaldson is pimping fly balls to center field.”
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