Yankees OF Aaron Hicks was responsible for the first and last runs of his team's playoff-clinching win over the Orioles on Saturday and managed to push through to the end despite banging up his ankle before his game-winning hit.
Hicks hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to drive in SS Didi Gregorius, prompting a walk-off celebration, but not before he fouled a ball off his ankle and hit the ground in pain. Hicks still managed to get up and deliver the game-winning hit, and X-rays after the game were negative.
"It's awesome," Hicks said, per Newsday. "I was jumping up with them" despite the balky leg."
Hicks, who put the Yankees on the board in the second inning with his 26th home run of the season, said his ankle "hurts, for sure," and he expects there to be soreness on Sunday.
"I think after I hit the ball, it was all adrenaline going from there," he added.
Before Saturday's game, manager Aaron Boone heaped praise on the veteran outfielder, ranking him among the most underrated players in the league.
"You understand some of the star players we have, some of the really good players that we have," he said. "I feel like [Hicks is] overlooked with our club."
The 28-year-old Hicks is hitting .249 with a career-high 26 home runs and 76 RBI in 132 games this season with the Yankees.