May 13, 2021
Rich Hill responsible for best trending topic in MLB history
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Rays pitcher Rich Hill was responsible for a great moment and an even better Twitter topic based on his legendary nickname.
Rich Hill is an ageless wonder in the game of baseball. The 41-year-old is now with the Tampa Bay Rays and was responsible for a legendary trending topic on Twitter. That is all because of his amazing nickname.
MLB has started the tradition of allowing players to wear nicknames on the back of their jerseys one weekend per year. Hill has gone with “D. Mountain” in the past. If you want to put two and two together, it is a play on his name.
Hill was pitching Thursday night and the Mountain name was trending. See for yourself why.
Baseball is boring, they said pic.twitter.com/7TpmQY3AFn
— Mark Powell (@mp2_pgh) May 14, 2021Rich Hill causes Twitter to have a NSFW trending topic
The nickname “Dick Mountain” is an all-time great and the fact he threw a 69 mile-per-hour pitch had Twitter ablaze with the jokes.
Dick Mountain, King the Side. ????⛰️ pic.twitter.com/3uR0lCvuoL
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 14, 2021
This summary is amazing. pic.twitter.com/DJwqbkNoco
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) May 14, 2021
The best part about this is imagining non-baseball fans seeing this Twitter trend. You almost have to click on it to see what exactly is going on and why so many people are sharing this ridiculous name.
At first glance there is not even any evidence it is in fact a name. But leave it up to a Twitter employee to provide a perfect explanation.
Dick Mountain: *strikes out a batter with a 69mph curveball*
— Sierra (@cdmnky) May 14, 2021
Rays ace Dick Mountain
— Briana Gonzalez (@bri_gonzalez3) May 14, 2021
Opens Twitter and sees "Dick Mountain" trending. pic.twitter.com/n0fWL5NJck
— Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll) May 14, 2021
Hill, or Mountain, had a vintage night with 6.2 innings of work and nine strikeouts. The Rays took home a 9-1 win over the New York Yankees and jumped up over the .500 mark.
But the most memorable part of the night is a Twitter trend that will hopefully emerge again and again throughout the summer.Next: Worst stadium in baseball nearly screwed over Yankees
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MLB pitchers hate the new foreign-substance rules and can't stop taking their pants off
Max Scherzer. AP Photo/Matt Slocum
- MLB started taking a more proactive approach to preventing pitchers from using foreign substances.
- Max Scherzer and Sergio Romo were both subject to checks by umpires in their games on Tuesday.
- Both pitchers appeared ready to take their pants off to prove they were pitching clean.
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Major League Baseball is taking a more aggressive approach to preventing pitchers from using foreign substances on the mound, and pitchers are not happy.
On Tuesday night, Nationals ace Max Scherzer was subject to two checks by the umpires through his first three innings pitched. When Phillies manager Joe Girardi called for a third check in the fourth inning, Scherzer was visibly miffed, theatrically taking off his hat and quickly unbuckling his belt to show he had nothing on him.
By the looks of it, Scherzer was ready to bare all to prove he was pitching clean.—FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 23, 2021
Once Scherzer closed out the inning, he stared down Girardi as he walked to the dugout. Girardi came out to have some words and was promptly ejected.
After the game, Scherzer didn't hold back.
"I would have to be an absolute fool to actually use something tonight when everybody's antenna is so far high they'd look for anything," Scherzer said. "I have absolutely zero on me. I have nothing on me. Check whatever you want. I'll take off all my clothes if you want to see me."
Scherzer was not the only pitcher ready to get naked to prove their innocence.
Later in the night, Oakland A's reliever Sergio Romo had a similar reaction when dealing with a check, going as far as to pull his pants down incredulously.—The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) June 23, 2021
Major League Baseball did this to themselves. For years, pitchers have used various substances to better control the ball coming out of their hands. After the league suddenly announced its new enforcement of the rules against foreign substances, several star pitchers voiced their concern about the rule.
Now, the league is seeing some of those frustrations play out on the field. Let's hope everyone keeps their pants on.