Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, Rich Hill, 33, revealed to the media on March 6 that his infant son, Brooks, passed away on February 24, reports CBS Boston. The nomadic Hill had signed with the Red Sox in January 2014 so that he could be close to his family and son, who was being treated at Mass General.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. His Son Was Less Than 2 Months Old
His son was only born on December 26, he told The Boston Globe, “He was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with. Unfortunately, he succumbed. He taught us a lot of things. One-day-at-a-time, that’s where we’re at, to really enjoy.”
2. He’s Back in Spring Training
Hill bravely returned to Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers. He drove through the night with his wife and 2-year-old son from Boston to Florida. The pitcher said that he was welcomed by his team mates, speaking to CBS Boston, he said:
We want to enjoy our time here and make the most of the opportunity that’s here to play baseball. Excited to be here, to be playing baseball again and get back into the normalcy of my profession and to be around a great group of guys and to just take that next step. The Red Sox have been tremendous.
3. He’s On a Minor League Contract
Hill is a native of Milton, Massachusetts, attending Milton High School where he played for their Varsity baseball team. He signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in order to stay close to home.
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4. His Wife is His High School Sweetheart
His wife, Caitlin McClellan, is his high school sweetheart. She works as a nurse. The couple had their first child on October 7 2011, a boy named Brice.
5. His Career Has Been Affected by Injuries
This is Hill’s second spell with the Red Sox, last playing for them in 2012. He had suffered through injuries and spent the 2013 season in Cleveland with the Indians. His record with the Red Sox saw him average 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. For the Indians, he played 63 games with a 6.28 ERA.