Diamondbacks players (from left) Eric Chavez, Josh Collmenter, Charles Brewer and Patrick Corbin hold up giant Aaron Hill heads to show support for their teammate at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.
Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill wasn’t the most famous athlete or celebrity at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am on Wednesday, but by the end of the day, he might have been the most recognizable — and it had nothing to do with his play.
Hill and playing partner Billy Horschel were greeted at TPC Scottsdale by Hill’s Diamondbacks teammates Josh Collmenter, Patrick Corbin, Eric Chavez and Charles Brewer as well as some very large, very conspicuous Aaron Hill Fathead-style signs.
The players’ appearance wasn’t a surprise to Hill, he told the assembled media after his round, but he was unaware of exactly what they had planned.
"He looked around and just lost it," Collmenter told reporters Wednesday of Hill’s reaction to seeing the giant heads. "He bent over laughing."
The surprise required some collaboration, meaning Hill has not only his teammates but also his employer to blame for having his mug become the talking point of the pro-am.
"We were thinking about bringing signs," Collmenter added. "… And then we threw around the idea of the big heads. I was looking into getting them and the D-backs said, ‘Oh, we can have somebody make them,’ so they made them and got them for us. I didn’t realize they were going to be as enormous as they are."
The D-backs players and their giant heads spent the day "supporting" Hill as he made his way around the course. They even got into the action on the par-5 18th hole, with Corbin and Collmenter holding one of the heads just a few yards in front of Hill’s tee shot. According to the Arizona Republic, Hill put his drive through the paper version of his lower lip and about 280 yards down the fairway.
"I think my best shot all day was hitting it through my head," Hill told the Republic.