Aaron Hill had been given the key to the city. He had listened to all the wonderful things said about him and said a few words himself. Now it was time for the unveiling.

Several players from Parker Little League picked up ropes that were lying on the ground, pulled and the gray cloth dropped from the scoreboard. Aaron Hill Field, the 33rd field built by the Diamondbacks and Arizona Public Service, was officially christened, and Hill couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

“I can’t tell you how cool this is,” Hill said. “To think you can have a field named after you, it blows your mind. So, yeah, this is pretty special.”

Some professional athletes become indifferent to the gifts their life provides, as if they somehow deserve the fame, money and toys. Hill isn’t one of them. The Diamondbacks second baseman is incredibly blessed and he knows it. He signed a three-year, $35 million contract extension last month. He and his wife, Lizzy, are parents of two healthy children, 3½-year-old Paige and 4-month-old Stephen. He has great friends and he even loves his in-laws.

Basically, Hill, who just turned 31, has everything a man could possibly want.

What’s left, then, is to appreciate the blessings and give back to others. Hill is doing both.

“He’s my favorite player right now and not just for what he does on the field,” Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said. “He cares deeply. He gets it. He understands what goes along with being a major-league baseball player.”

Steve Kenfield saw those characteristics soon after there was a knock on the door of his Visalia, Calif., home 15 years ago. There, in his letterman’s jacket, was 16-year-old Hill, ready to pick up 14-year-old Lizzy for their date. Kenfield wasn’t wild about his daughter dating at such a young age, but Hill had convinced Lizzy’s mom it would be OK. Soon, he had the father on board.

“What you see is what you get,” Kenfield said. “Quality, character, values. Kindness and respect. We never have been embarrassed by him.”