Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill didn’t appreciate President Donald Trump criticizing Dave Roberts’ managing in Game 4 of the World Series. Hill, who was mentioned in Trump’s tweet, did not think it was acceptable for Trump to talk about baseball on the day of a mass shooting.
Hill told reporters Sunday he believed Trump’s attention should have been focused on the country.
Rich Hill on Trump’s tweet: “There was a mass shooting yesterday … 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.”
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 28, 2018
Hill wasn’t the only player to take that stance. Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman agreed with that sentiment.
I’m just saying it’s funny how we are told to stick to playing sports… It’s very hypocritical when he’s telling Roberts how to manage…especially when a mass shooting just happened earlier that day…
— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) October 28, 2018
Hill kept the Boston Red Sox off the scoreboard for 6 1/3 innings before he was pulled by Roberts. The Dodgers’ relievers couldn’t get the job done, allowing Boston to score nine runs over the final three innings to win the game. Trump criticized the decision to remove Hill from the contest, calling it a “big mistake.”
As Hill stated, his issue with the tweet had to do with its timing. Eleven people were killed by a gunman at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh early Saturday morning. Trump tweeted about the attack twice, saying the country was “in mourning,” and adding that the “anti-semitic attack is an assault on humanity.”
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins spoke out as well, offering words of encouragement and prayers for those impacted by the shooting. The Steelers held a moment of silence for the victim’s prior to their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Red Sox and Dodgers are set to play Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. The Red Sox lead the series 3-1, and can become World Series champions with another win.
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