Aaron Hicks joins Mickey Mantle in elite Yankees company

This is pretty much the only day that you’ll see Aaron Hicks mentioned in the same sentence as the great Mickey Mantle.

That doesn’t take away from Hicks’ accomlishment against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Taking on Royals pitcher Danny Duffy in the third inning, Hicks drove the ball high off the right-field fence and proceeded to cross the bases for an inside the ballpark home run.

This represent Hicks’ second inside the park homer of the season. He previously accomplished the feat April 13 at Detroit. The 28-year-old outfielder now joins Mantle as the only players in the storied history of this Yankees franchise to have two inside the park homers in the same season. It’s only May.

Mantle had three such homers during a 1958 season that saw him hit a league-leading 42 homers for the eventual World Series champion Yankees.

In a lineup consisting of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and likely soon-to-be MVP Aaron Judge, it’s Hicks who joined Mantle in rarified air. Hicks entered Saturday’s action hitting just .230. That makes this even more remarkable.