Aaron Hicks on hearing boos during 'horrible' season: 'It definitely doesn't make it easier'

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Aaron Hicks has stayed healthy in 2022, something he hasn’t been able to say much since his splendid 2018 campaign when he was the most valuable center fielder in the American League outside of Mike Trout, but health has not led to success this season.

In 97 games this season, Hicks is batting .224 with a .666 OPS, while the acquisition of Harrison Bader at the trade deadline may call into question Hicks’ role on the team down the stretch and come playoff time.

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Talking to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, Hicks gave a blunt assessment about his performance so far this season.

“Horrible. Honestly, horrible,” Hicks told Kirschner. “My on-base percentage has still been high, but there’ve been so many highs and lows. I started off the season good. I was hitting for a high average for a while. I wasn’t really hitting for much power. I then went into a deep slump where I had a lot of loud outs and wasn’t really doing much. I was struggling with guys in scoring position. That’s just the game.”

Hicks recently endured a brutal nine-game stretch where he went hitless in 29 straight at-bats, and has heard it from the home crowd plenty this season. Many fans are frustrated with Hicks’ lack of production given his seven-year, $70 million contract, and Hicks has heard the boos in the Bronx.

While he understands why he’s hearing them, he acknowledged that it hasn’t been easy to hear.

“You’re out there trying to do your job and when the results aren’t going your way, they’re hard on you,” Hicks said. “They always want the big hit and they always expect you to play well. If you’re going to be a starter for the New York Yankees, you have to be better than everybody. It’s just tough when you’re hearing the boos. That’s their way of voicing their opinion.

“It’s a tough fanbase. It definitely doesn’t make it easier.”

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