Does Dodgers’ Pitcher Rich Hill Have the Best Nickname in MLB?
The Babe. The Splendid Splinter. The Say-Hey Kid. And....Dick Mountain.
Many of baseball's greats have had legendary monikers attached to them and on Saturday night, before Game 4 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers, another great nickname was unearthed.
Dick Mountain. That's what Dodgers players call their teammate, Rich Hill. The 38-year old Hill was a journeyman pitcher before a trade from Oakland to Los Angeles morphed into a three-year, $48 million contract. Hill's run with the Dodgers has been the most statistically successful stretch of his career and 2018 is his third straight season pitching deep into the playoffs.
In last year's postseason, Hill made two starts in the World Series against the Astros and got no-decisions in both. Now to 2018, the year the Dodgers viewed as a shot at redemption after losing the Fall Classic in seven games the year prior.
With his team trailing the Red Sox two games to one, coming off the longest World Series game in history, LA sure hoped Dick Mountain would rise to the occasion and come up big on the sport's most-illuminated stage.