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Rich Hill joins Red Sox after death of newborn son

Mar 6, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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Non-roster left-hander Rich Hill had been away from the Red Sox since the start of camp due to a family health issue. On Thursday, he arrived in camp and elaborated on his absence, passing along the sad news that his newborn son has died.

“€œWe had a son on December 26 and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with, as we were moving through the last couple of months at Mass General,”€ Hill told WEEI’s Rob Bradford. “Unfortunately he succumbed and he has passed. He taught us a lot of things, and unfortunately things didn’t work out.”

Hill made the trip to Florida with his wife and 2 1/2-year-old son, and they’ll remain together as the southpaw attempts to win a spot in the Boston bullpen.

The 33-year-old Hill, who was born in Boston, spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox before joining the Indians a year ago. He had a 6.28 ERA in Cleveland, though that came with 51 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. He chose to return to Boston in part due to family reasons. “€œIt was a strong correlation there,” Hill said. “€œFortunately I had the opportunity to come back. The Red Sox have been tremendous with this whole part of our life.”

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    That’s terrible news. I’m so sorry. It sounds like he’s handling the best he possibly can. I wish him luck.

  2. jm91rs - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Cheering for this guy now. And with a baby on the way I’m tearing up a little thinking about this.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Stronger man than I think I would be in that situation. Rooting extra hard for this guy this year.

    • sethcohenplayedsomeball - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Dear Rich, May Brooks continue to bring you, and all of us, strength to live our lives each day to the fullest. Though we tear up mightily today, we wipe them away and look forward with conviction. Your strength and resolve in working through a nightmare situation that most of us can only dream of is truly remarkable. Here’s hoping that you see these and similar boards from afar and find peace and solace in the knowledge that your fortitude is an inspiration to us all. And go get ’em this season my dear old friend. Keep bringin’ it! : )

  4. ptfu - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Oh hell. That’s about the worst possible thing that can happen to someone. Best of luck, hang in there, one day at a time.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. That’s really sad news.

  6. greymares - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    What kind of Jackarse could thumbs down these comments?

    • sethcohenplayedsomeball - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      I’ll take that a step further greymares. Whoever it is, though they clearly have issues of their own, might want to stop and consider that Rich’s family might find strength and positivity from all the love and warmth that is being shown on here today, and thumbing down these heart felt comments sends a very confusing and hurtful signal. We hope things get better for you, Anonymous Thumber, but please show some class and respect during this period of grief and hope, and rejoin this board when you gain some humanity.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Given the sad realities that some of our neighbors still join the KKK, or deal in child porn, etc., we have to accept that for any of a number of reasons, some people’s early years left them poorly equipped to empathize with their fellow humans.

  7. cur'68 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I just saw this. How awful for that whole family. Good luck to all of them.

    “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
    ― Oscar Wilde

  8. Old Gator - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    The same thing happened to Preston Wilson’s newborn son when he played for us some years back, though that tragedy played itself out in just a few days. He forced himself back but it clearly affected his play, and he was traded the following year – though more in the hope that a change of scene might do him and his family some good than in any retributive sense (this was before the current ownership). It’s a terrible thing. I hope Hill succeeds and my heart goes out to him.

  9. ch0psuey - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    That’s horrible. Sad to hear.

  10. thebadguyswon - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    My god, that’s awful.

  11. sabatimus - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Ugh. Don’t know how he’s dealing with that. I’d be crushed.

  12. sawxalicious - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    My prayers go out to him and his family. Kind of puts things into perspective and helps us remember what is really important in life.

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