In fact, he is the oldest active player in all of baseball.
The veteran lefty is making the start for the Red Sox today in their series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
Today is a special day for the Red Sox and everybody in Boston, as it is Patriot Day.
On this day, the Boston Marathon is run.
Sadly, Hill’s father passed away on Friday.
His father ran the Boston Marathon 37 times, according to Hill’s ex-teammate Will Middlebrooks, and he will be making a start on a day that means a lot to him and his family.
Rich Hill is one of the true gentlemen in baseball. When you do the job as long as many of us have, you no longer root for much. I will always root for Rich Hill. https://t.co/ZaMfhG6Hf2
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) April 18, 2022
Hill Makes Special Start
Everybody has a reason to root for Hill today.
Not only has he been around the game for a long time and been successful, but he is also from Boston and is pitching for his hometown team on a special day for the city.
Unfortunately, Hill is off to a bit of a rocky start this afternoon, as the Red Sox are already in a 4-0 hole in the fourth inning at the time of writing, but this has to be a special moment for him, to make the start on Patriot Day.
Anytime you can take part in a day that is celebrated by everybody around a city, it has to feel special, especially in Hill’s case, as his father was a regular in the Boston Marathon during his life.
The Red Sox may be down, but it is still early in the game.
We’ll see if their bats can pick up Hill and mount a comeback for their fans on this all-important day for the city of Boston.