File this one under "stories you didn't see coming."
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill and his wife, Caitlin Hill, were arrested by Foxboro police Saturday outside Gillette Stadium prior to the New England Patriots' game against the Buffalo Bills, Foxboro police chief administrator Robert Bolger confirmed to The Boston Globe.
According to Bolger, Caitlin Hill tried to enter the stadium with an oversized bag that violated the NFL's bag policy. When she refused to leave the grounds of the stadium, police arrested her on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, per Bolger.
"She was trying to enter the stadium with an oversized bag and she had been told several times, 'no,' " Bolger told the Globe. "She tried several times to go to a different gate. She was ordered to leave the property."
Police then tried to put Caitlin in a prisoner transport van for booking at the Foxboro police station, at which point Rich Hill intervened, according to Bolger.
"He saw her as they were trying to get her into a van to bring to the police station, and he started to interfere with the officers,’’ Bolger told the Globe. “He was told several times to back up and he would not. And he ended up getting arrested."
Rich Hill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In an arraignment Monday at Wrentham District Court, Hill had his resisting arrest charge dropped and his disorderly conduct charge converted to a civil infraction with a penalty of a $500 fine.
Caitlin had both of her charges converted to civil infractions and had to pay fines of $250 each, per David Traub of the Norfolk District Attorney's office.
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Hill, a native of Milton, Mass., spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but reportedly has "engaged" with the Red Sox in free agency this offseason.
This incident will bring him and his wife some unwanted publicity, but it sounds like it wasn't serious enough to warrant anything other than a minor penalty.