By Marie DeFreitas
Rich Hill, a free agent ex-pitcher for the Dodgers, and his wife were arrested on Saturday outside of Gillette Stadium at a New England Patriots game. The two were charged with disorderly conduct.
Hill’s wife, Caitlin, allegedly tried to enter the stadium several times with an oversized bag. When she was turned away she refused to leave the area. According to the NY Post, Foxborough police chief administrator Robert Bolger told the Boston Globe: “She was trying to enter the stadium with an oversized bag and she had been told several times, ‘no,’” Bolger said. “She tried several times to go to a different gate. She was ordered to leave the property.” The police then arrested her. After this is when Rich Hill intervened.
Hill, 39, came over as the as the police were trying to get his wife into a van to take her to the police station. He was told to back up several times but did not. He was then arrested as well.
Hill and his wife were both arraigned on Monday. Rich Hill’s charge of resisting arrest was dismissed and he fined for disorderly conduct at $500. Catin Hill’s charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing were converted to civil infractions and she was fined a total of $500.
Rich Hill released a statement via his attorney stating that despite the events that occurred on Saturday, his respect for law enforcement is still intact. “However,” Hill said, “seeing my wife handcuffed for a problem that was started because of her fanny pack was extremely difficult for me to witness. This was all overblown and we are glad to have it behind us.”
Rich Hill, a free agent since his three year $48 million contract expired this offseason, is a native of Milton, Massachusetts. He had spent three seasons with the Red Sox from the years 2010 to 2012. Before Hill was acquired for the Dodgers back in 2016 at the trade deadline, he began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and played for for five other teams. He has seen his greatest success in these past few years with the Dodgers, “going 30-16 with a 3.16 ERA over 361 1/3 innings. However, he will miss at least the first half of the 2020 season recovering from elbow surgery in October,” according to USA Today.
Last week, Hill received the Tony Conigliaro Award, which goes to a major leaguer “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage” of the award’s namesake, according to ESPN.
According to CBS Sports, the Red Sox are reportedly one of the teams interested in signing Rich Hill for 2020.
Hill, 39, married Caitlin, a nurse, in 2007. The two currently reside in Milton, Massachusetts.