We know the story of Rich Hill’s rise from the Independent Leagues to the bright lights of the World Series. We know the story of Brooks Hill. We know him as ‘Dick Mountain’ and we know him as ‘Psycho Rich’. And he is easily a fan favorite among Dodgers fans.
He quickly won our hearts over and continues to do so every time he toes the rubber. His enthusiasm, bulldog mentality, and talent shine through with every pitch and every exasperated grunt.
In a recent column penned by Andy McCullough of The Atheltic, Rich Hill talks about his plans to pitch beyond 2019 and possibly beyond 2020. He wants to be a Dodger and you would be lying if you said you did not want to see a Hill-Dodgers reunion with his three-year contract coming to an end.
Away from the field, Rich Hill is a font of zany humor. “On the fifth day,” Andrew Friedman said, “he’s right out of central casting for the WWE.”
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Hill has been on the injured list with a strained flexor in his pitching elbow since the middle of June. He is expected to return in a relief role as early as next week. We’ve all missed him greatly, and so have the Dodgers.
For Brooks and For Himself
Rich Hill’s story is one of the most remarkable that Major League Baseball has seen in recent memory and it doesn’t appear to be coming to an ending quite yet. Hill’s sheer will can carry him for a few seasons more, and he knows it:
“I always have a sense of urgency, because I’ve always been toeing the line. It’s like ‘You have a job . . . oh, you don’t have a job.’ Every time I go out there, I feel like, maybe I don’t have anything prove to anybody else, but I always have to prove it to myself that I’m going to be doing the best that I can, and giving the best effort that I can. And I know people appreciate it.”
Dodgers fans sure do appreciate the work at the ripe age of 39 years old that Dick Mountain puts in day in and day out.
Dodgers on Hill
As a player and a manager, Dave Roberts has seen players come from all sorts of different backgrounds and his fair share of comeback stories mixed in. He told McCullough that Hill is unique in every way imaginable and that people tend to gravitate towards him — something that we all could have guessed.
“There’s very few guys who have covered the whole spectrum of success, failure, injuries, being outside looking in. He has a great way of being able to relate to everyone. People just gravitate toward him.”
Reliever and long-tenured Dodger Kenley Jansen is one of the people who love Rich Hill, as we all do:
“Dick Mountain? Man, Dick Mountain. That dude is awesome.”
Justin Turner also recognized the alter-ego of Hill, Psycho Rich. A gamer and someone who has nothing to lose:
“He misses the hell out of being out there and competing. He knows what’s at stake, and what we can accomplish. He wants to be a part of it. He’s in there grinding everyday.”
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman also chimed in on Hill’s edgy personality:
“On the fifth day, he’s right out of central casting for the WWE.”
How Hill Wants to Be Known
“You want to make sure that you leave the game better than it was when you came in. And that’s hopefully something that I can do, is at least be encouraging to the guys who are here. Like when you have a tough outing, or it’s your fifth or sixth outing in the big leagues, like, ‘Hey, look, you’re going to be fine. Don’t think that this is the end of the world.’”
Dodgers Nation, how ready are we for the return of Dick Mountain?