Rich Hill, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, started the game on Monday in honor of his late father, who had a long history of completing the Boston Marathon.
Rich Hill of the Boston Red Sox took the mound on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts holiday commemorating the annual Boston Marathon.
He made the pitch in memory of his late father, Lloyd Hill Sr., who died just days before. Hill Sr. completed the Boston Marathon 37 times in a row.
Despite the Red Sox’s 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Hill remembers the game as one of his favorites. According to MLB.com, this was his first start since 2015, and he was motivated by the memory of his father.
“It’s going to be a hard week,” says the narrator. It had been a trying weekend. However, the task at hand is to be professional and show up.
You turn up and you’re a pro, regardless of what’s going on outside the clubhouse or between the lines. “That’s something my father taught me,” Hill remarked.
He looked like he didn’t like how he did on Monday, but he did so in a professional and heartfelt way.
Hill, holding back tears, talks about his pitching on Monday and his late father in an interview posted by NESN on Twitter.
In an interview shared on Twitter by NESN, Hill talks about his pitch on Monday and his late father while holding back tears.
Rich Hill was showered with love and support from his Red Sox teammates
Hill’s teammates showed him a lot of love and support despite the fact that he didn’t pitch as well as he would have liked. According to MLB.com, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers said some thoughtful and heartfelt things after the game.
Of course, we are heartbroken for him. He’s a great competitor, and he put in a great performance today. Devers remarked, “We’re incredibly proud of him and the way he pitched today.”
Alex Cora, the Red Sox manager who is known for being a guy of few words, expressed compassion for him as well.
“I can’t even imagine the feelings, emotions, and everything.” I told him how pleased we were with him. Cora told the Boston Globe, “We’re family; we’re here for him.”
A hard game was played by Hill, who took advantage of the opportunity to remember his father. His teammates showed him a lot of selflessness, and they all helped him out.