Aaron Hicks Parents Joseph Hicks And Jody Hicks
Aaron Hicks parents Joseph and Jody Hicks raised two athletes. Their oldest plays golf and their youngest plays baseball.
Joseph and Jody did not want either of their sons to play baseball.
Especially his dad, Joseph, who emphasized how the injuries would plague him throughout his career and golf was the lesser of the two evils. This came from a personal experience for Joseph.
Joseph Hicks Was A Former Baseball Player Of the Padres Organization
Joseph Hicks had set his mind never to let his son Aaron Hicks touch a baseball bat.
For years, he even hid his seven years long baseball career from his younger son so that he wouldn't fall into the same trap as him.
But one day, as young Aaron was playing in the backyard, he found a baseball bat. Amazed by it, the kid started swinging it, which resulted in him smashing it into a tree. It was one of the last bats Joseph had of his pro career, and obviously, it had him fuming.
It was only after his older brother, Joseph Hicks Jr, said to him about their father's playing career that Aaron came to know about the past life of his dad. Joseph Hicks was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1975 and later made his debut with Walla Walla Padres.
He struggled in minor leagues for seven years, believing he could make it to the big stage. But during one game, he was hit in the left eye, which damaged his orbital bone. The devastating injury stopped his career as well as the father-of-two didn't want his son to follow in his footsteps.
It wasn't until age 13 that Aaron started playing baseball, as Joseph had given up on his younger's child obstinacy towards learning the game. Aaron was so stubborn in wanting to play baseball that he made a deal with his dad.
Joseph said to his right-handed son that he would only allow him to play baseball if he learned to hit from his left-hand as well. Challenge was accepted, and Joseph Hicks's plan had backfired.
Seeing his son succeed has watered some of the bitterness Joseph Hick had for the game. Though Judy has tried her best to remain away from the public limelight, she has previously talked about the connection the father-duo shared after Joseph realized baseball was going to be the route Aaron would take.