Origin of Rich Hill’s bizarre nickname revealed
It’s Players’ Weekend in Major League Baseball, meaning players are permitted to put nicknames or other messages on the back of their uniforms for the weekend.
Some of the nicknames are pretty easy to explain, while others are more personal or off-the-wall. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill’s definitely falls into the off-the-wall category.
— Daniel Brim (@DanielBrim) August 25, 2018
So where does “Dick Mountain” come from? The answer is when Hill was a member of the 2011 Boston Red Sox.
The story of Rich Hill’s “Dick Mountain” nickname:
It originated in Boston in 2011, when Brock Holt thought it would be funny to just call him “Dick” and “Mountain” for Rich and Hill. Soon, it became just “Dick Mountain.” Hill said he still gets regularly called Dick Mountain. https://t.co/Oh03Q7krx7
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 25, 2018
Hill must not mind it too much if he’s willing to put it on the back of his uniform. It’s certainly a better nickname than this one, all things considered.