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Rich Hill's Apology

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 5:   Pitcher Rich Hill #51 of the Baltimore Orioles throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium July 5, 2009 in Anaheim, California.    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Jarrett CarterAnalyst IJuly 29, 2009

Rich Hill has been terrible this season for the Baltimore Orioles, and after another sour outing on Monday night against the Kansas City Royals, the soon-to-be-gone Hill offered up a rarity in sports.

An apology.

“I have been having some [tendinitis] issues with the shoulder and we have been doing a good job of keeping the fire down a little bit and unfortunately it is just something that I haven’t been able to maintain any consistency with,” Hill said.

“Other than that, unfortunately I haven’t been able to give any kind of consistent help to this team. I apologize to the front office and the guys in this clubhouse.”

The cynic in you is probably asking, “then why the heck were you out on the mound serving it up if you were injured?”

That cynic would be justified, but still, it’s nice that Hill was man enough to place blame on himself and make amends for his performance.

So in honor of Rich Hill’s candor and humility, here singing her 1994 classic “I Apologize,” let’s hear it for Grammy award-winning R&B legend, Anita Baker.

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