Los Angeles Rich Hill apparently did not appreciate President Donald Trump standing up for him in a tweet during the World Series.
In fact, Hill ripped the president over the tweet criticizing a move that pulled the player out of the the seventh inning in Game 4 of the World Series.
With a four-run lead and after holding off the Boston Red Sox in the game Saturday, Hill was pulled by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in the seventh inning.
Fox News reported:
Hill walked Xander Bogaerts and struck out Eduardo Nunez for the first out of the frame before Roberts lifted his left-handed starter after 91 pitches. The Red Sox scored nine runs in the final three innings against the Dodgers bullpen, winning 9-6 to move to within one game of the franchise’s fourth World Series title since 2004.
Roberts’ decision sparked debate on Twitter as even Trump weighed in.
Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2018
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Hill at first breathed deeply and said little about the tweet,” when asked the next day.
“There was a mass shooting yesterday,” he said, referring to the tragic massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were murdered.
“I understand you’re watching the World Series, but there was a huge tragedy that happened and people will say what they want to say,” Hill said.
“The focus, in my opinion, of the president is to be on the country, and not on moves that are made in a World Series game,” he added.
The president had previously tweeted a message about the “assault on humanity.”
…This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
Roberts noted that although he was aware of the president’s tweet, he didn’t give it too much thought.
“There’s a lot of thoughts and opinions that people don’t have all the information, which is commonplace these days,” he said, “to cultivate opinions and get out there. So, for me, it’s noise, and I really haven’t paid too much attention to it.”
Roberts also had to defend his decision to remove Hill, saying the pitcher had told him before the seventh inning to “keep an eye on me.”
“You’re in the World Series,” Hill said Sunday. “You’re having an act of selflessness. When I say ‘keep an eye on me,’ I never said ‘tired.’ I never said I wanted to come out of the game. I’ve never, ever wanted to come out of a game.”
“You’re thinking about the 25 guys, and understanding that, if things get haywire out there, and saying, hey, if there is a better option coming out of the bullpen, I’m going to be on board with that, because of the gravity of the situation,” he added. “To have an act of selflessness in this moment is what it’s all about. At the end of the day, the move was made, and it didn’t fall in our favor.”
The debate on Twitter continued as users sparred over whether the president was wrong to tweet his comments when he did.
After all that has happened in the past few days, Donny boy is concerned with playing baseball manager. This is the President of the USA. Criticizing a manager’s decision instead of making even the slightest effort to unify the country after more tragedies.
— Arthur Peeples (@ArthurAnpeeples) October 29, 2018
Good on Hill! Trump has no business commenting on sports when he’s supposed to be focused on running the nation
— ??? Jonathan ??? (@ProudSkeptic) October 29, 2018
It was all over – people unfortunately dead, wounded being treated, assailant arrested, investigation in progress
POTUS made appropriate comments
WTF more was he supposed to do? Conduct investigation himself?
— ???? El Indio Americano ???? (@GirdnerTSr) October 29, 2018
This is why Boston whooped you!! Politics instead of baseball,if you paid attention he did say something about the Shooting in the daytime!! Congratulations Boston !!
— Norman Smith (@NProzone69) October 29, 2018
There was also a World Series going on. Maybe you should practice what you preach and focus on the game. Americans, including the President, are entitled to watch and enjoy it.
— Dr. Joseph Martinez (@USCTrojan82) October 29, 2018
If the president has to stay out of sports maybe these idiot athletes should stay out of politics? I’d take that trade.
— Jeremy (@JeremyinSP) October 28, 2018
The president is allowed to watch and comment on a game just like the rest of us do every day. Stop your childish comments and grow up already.
— High Cotton (@Sheba63664) October 29, 2018
So athletes can have opinions on politics, but politicians can’t have opinions on sports.. got it!!
— #JusticeForJunior ? (@stopmediabiasxo) October 29, 2018
Maybe the game should be stopped when events like this happen. Hell for that matter just stop playing entirely. Sick of overpaid whining athletes
— brian wood (@brianwood62) October 29, 2018
So by this very same reasoning, shouldn’t the game have been postponed? Oh but that would have cost the team money! That would have cost Rich Hill money!
— ❌DixieDreg❌ (@Oledave7) October 29, 2018
People sometimes watch sports to escape the sadness of life. Why would the President be any different? I have no issue with him being human.
— Squid Moto (@Endoair) October 28, 2018