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.

Images courtesy of Daylife via AP and Reuters

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

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  1. eyebleaf

    August 28, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Who's that running up to Hill in picture one, in front of Snider?Cecil?

  2. Ian H.

    August 28, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Looks like Brett. He looks like he's going to hug Hill a la The Notebook.

  3. Anonymous

    August 29, 2010 - 4:17 am

    Hill looks like an idiot in that picture.
    But he's my idiot and I love him

  4. Anonymous

    August 29, 2010 - 4:19 am


  5. sadp

    August 29, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    Gotta love that "I'm a happy baby" face he makes.

  6. Ian H.

    August 29, 2010 - 11:57 pm

    Anon, in a strange way I always felt bad for that little girl in the video because I don't think she truly grasped just how exciting it was to get an N64 for Christmas. She just saw her brother freaking out and emulated him.

    sadp, he does look like a giddy school child, doesn't he?

  7. Anonymous

    August 30, 2010 - 12:50 am

    Unfortunately. girls will never understand the true beauty of the N64

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