We finally get an explanation on how and where Rich Hill's nickname all began.
The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher has also been referred to as "Dick Mountain" without any true understanding of where or why the nickname came about. For MLB Players' Weekend, Hill made sure to wear his nickname proudly on the back of his jersey.
The story of Rich Hill’s “Dick Mountain” nickname:— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 25, 2018
It originated in Boston in 2011, when Brock Holt thought it would be funny to just call him “Dick” and “Mountain” for Rich and Hill. Soon, it became just “Dick Mountain.” Hill said he still gets regularly called Dick Mountain. https://t.co/Oh03Q7krx7
Kudos to Brock Holt for being a visionary in his own right. Sometimes people tend to overthink nicknames, but he just used some synonyms. While a tad NSFW, Hill can speak to the fact that Dick is merely short for Richard.
It's especially funny for a guy like Hill though. He's rarely expressive and has very few words to say in any given situation. So to have a nickname like "Dick Mountain" is pretty ironic, because he's going to have to talk about it a lot this weekend.