PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 18: Infielder Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hugs relief pitcher J.J. Putz #40 after defeating the Seattle Mariners in the interleague MLB game at Chase Field on June 18, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. Aaron Hill hit for the cycle. The Diamondbacks defeated the Mariners 7-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
If you thought Aaron HIll's cycle was surprising before, just wait till you hear it from his perspective.
But as difficult as this feat may have seemed, this wasn't Hill's first rodeo. Hill actually hit for the cycle as a Junior at LSU against South Carolina on April 5, 2003. But as memorable as that must have been, Hill entirely forgot what it felt like to pull off one of the most difficult feats for a batter when asked post game.
"Oh gosh, It's been a few years," Hill said. "I'd have to go back and look at it."
You'd never guess it slipped his mind after viewing the way he was swinging the lumber Monday night though. Hill started the evening off with a single in the Diamondbacks' three run first inning but following a third inning triple and fifth inning double, the 30-year-old second baseman came to recall the feeling he had over nine years ago. Then, it was just about not getting in his own head.
"You just got to take a deep breath," Hill said. "It's something you can easily get excited about and try to do a little too much."
That must of been one hell of a breath because in the bottom of the seventh, Hill did the unthinkable, stroking a solo home run to left field. And even as he was rounding the bases, it was still hard to comprehend what he just accomplished with one swing of the bat.
"I don't think I've ever tried to hit a home run and actually done it," Hill admitted.
But that's what happens when you're having as dominating of a month as Hill is. After a May in which he batted only .260, Hill is now batting .284 thanks to a June that's seen him hit .351 with three homers, nine runs and 10 RBI.
"You go through ups and downs throughout the whole year," Hill said. "You walk out of the clubhouse and you never know if you're going to be 0-4 or 4-4."
True. But it's probably safe to now that the Diamondbacks realize that they are the owners of baseball's hottest hitting second baseman even if Hill won't admit it to himself.
"I'ts just baseball. It's something that you can never get to high or never get too low."