Pregame: Hicks hears from Hunter, and scores of others

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • May 14, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Aaron Hicks has had, as you might imagine, a busy day.

"I've heard from a lot of people," the Twins center fielder said after batting practice on Tuesday, a day after he hit two home runs and took one away from Adam Dunn with a leaping catch. "I had 87 text messages and 15 voicemails."

And a few stray tweets aimed at him, too. Torii Hunter, who held Hicks' job for nearly a decade, tweeted to his young successor, "that was a great day u had yesterday. That catch was sweet big dawg. U look like somebody I know ... this Guy: @toriihunter48."

Hicks noticed the similarity, too. He was shown video in the clubhouse of Hunter robbing home runs in the Metrodome, plus one more famous Twins catch. "Kirby [Puckett], Game 6," he said. He's seen that 1991 World Series highlight before, though only on video. "I was 2," he pointed out. After robbing the Braves' Ron Gant, Puckett "then hit a home run," Hicks said. The similarity, in action if not quite the same stage, "is definitely pretty cool."

Hicks will be back in center tonight, facing a tough righthander in Jake Peavy.

Tonight's lineups:


De Aza LF
Ramirez SS
Rios RF
Dunn 1B
Vaciedo DH
Gillaspie 3B
Keppinger 2B
Wise CF
Flowers C

Peavy RHP


Dozier 2B
Mauer C
Willingham LF
Morneau 1B
Parmelee RF
Plouffe 3B
Arcia DH
Hicks CF
Florimon SS

Correia RHP

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