Posted July 13, 2013

Watch: Aaron Hicks throws out Vernon Wells at third base from near the warning track

Aaron Hicks, Vernon Wells

In June, we saw Yasiel Puig throw out Andrelton Simmons at third base and discussed the history of great throws to third base from the outfield. What we came up with were a collection of throws from right field that were laser-like strikes to third base.

This is not that. This is Twins rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks throwing out a wheezing, 34-year-old Vernon Wells trying to stretch a double into a triple with a refrigerator tied to his back. It’s still impressive, because Hicks picked up the ball as it rolled of the warning track and hit third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the fly to beat Wells easily. The play was Hicks’ ninth assist of the season, tops among American League outfielders.

After the play, Hicks, in a moment of questionable sportsmanship, pantomimed Wells’ career path.

(thanks to Mike Axisa for both GIFs)

4 comments
gmag39
gmag39

I don't know why the writer felt it necessary to try to  diminish Hicks's great throw by ripping on Vernon Wells;  certainly not germane to the story here.  Hicks has a CANNON.  

centinel
centinel

Didn't watch the game, but I totally agree -- he was mimicking the flight path of the ball.  Hell of a throw, weak writing.

MattBlairFan59
MattBlairFan59

He wasn't being disrespectful - If you watched the game, not just this GIF, you would have seen that he was actually trying to throw a line-drive type throw but the ball slipped out of his hand - with a high-arching path instead.  Therefore the hand motion.  The game had a rain delay and it rained fairly hard the entire game.

Michael10
Michael10

@MattBlairFan59 Pretty sure Cliff was making a joke...

which I'd give him some credit for if he hadn't managed to find a way to plug Yasiel Puig into yet another article that had nothing to do with him (and lead with him no less...)