Aaron Hill’s Rule For Walk-Offs: Hold Your Helmet
After being demoted to the eight spot in the lineup, it was great to see Aaron Hill come up with the clutch hit in extra innings to secure the walk-off win.
Not only that, but the Blue Jays have secured three walk-off victories this season and Hill has been responsible for driving in the winning run in two of them.
While Hill is faring a little better at the plate these past few games, I continue to notice a disturbing trend that arises during these walk-offs: Aaron Hill will refuses to let go of his helmet.
Exhibit A: August 30th versus the Detroit Tigers
Exhibit B: June 5th versus the New York Yankees
Exhibit C: September 22nd versus the Baltimore Orioles
Not only does Aaron Hill have the look on his face like he just unwrapped a Nintendo 64 for Christmas, he’s clutching onto his helmet as though it were an N64 … even as his teammates mob him in celebration.
I can’t remember exactly where I saw it (could have been Jays Connected), but there was a segment about walk-off win etiquette, and apparently there is always one person who is designated as the helmet catcher.
So someone please tell Aaron Hill that it’s perfectly acceptable to toss your helmet away in jubilation when celebrating a walk-off win.
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