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Saturday, March 15, 2014

ESPN: LaTroy Hawkins and family

Well, like all family members do, sometimes they do ask for something. Like the request made by Eric Weber (LHFC member No. 230) when he was 17 and attending high school near the Twin Cities a decade or so ago. He and Hawkins were chatting online one day when Weber suddenly asked whether he could borrow the pitcher’s BMW 745 so he could drive his date, Hannah, to the junior prom.

And Hawkins said sure, of course. Because that’s the kind of guy Hawkins is.

The day of the prom was also the day of a Twins game, so Weber waited for Hawkins and the car at the Metrodome. When Hawkins pulled up with the BMW, a fan standing next to Weber asked whose car it was. Weber said, “That’s the car I’m driving to the prom!” Hawkins got out and handed Weber the keys.

This is a really great story. I never really knew much about Hawkins besides the “can’t handle closing” label and frequent team changes but he’s apparently a fantastic person.

Jim Wisinski Posted: March 15, 2014 at 04:23 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 15, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4672201)
I also submitted this FA (and likewise used that anecdote for the lede-in).

As a NW Indiana resident, I've always been partial to LaTroy, and long thought him a pretty cool guy. This column only reinforces that belief.
   2. tfbg9 Posted: March 15, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4672222)
"Later, at 4AM that night, little Eric Weber drove Hawkins' luxury import sedan at high speed into a bridge abutment, ending his prom night, and his life.

And now you know the rest of the story."

/Paul Harvey
   3. puck Posted: March 15, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4672231)
This is a really great story. I never really knew much about Hawkins besides the “can’t handle closing” label and frequent team changes but he’s apparently a fantastic person.


The fan club members must be decent folk to pull this off, too.

I don't remember hearing about this his first time w/the Rockies.
   4. Jose Canusee Posted: March 15, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4672239)
"One of these years, though, Hawkins will retire. The spring training trips will end."
My guess is if he signed right out of HS he will stay in baseball somehow. If not a coach, maybe some front-office PR job or at least doing the fantasy camp stuff. If he doesn't want to keep traveling, maybe the Twins could still have him go to spring training as a minor league instructor and fan interface.
   5. Lassus Posted: March 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4672240)
Speaking of the Twins and the Mets, I learned from Kevin Burkhardt about 30 minutes ago during the Twins/Mets split-squad broadcast that the Twins have signed Pelfrey for two years, $11M.

I checked Cots, and Kevin Burkhardt is apparently not on crystal meth or insane, because that's what has happened.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: March 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4672244)
The Mets beat guys last year were in awe of how down to earth he was.

It's weird in every sport when you come across genuine adults who wear uniforms, I can say that. Maturity at any age is very optional, as long as you're active.

   7. ntr John Hart Posted: March 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4672252)
Like #2 I honestly thought that this would be a story of tragedy.
   8. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4672259)
Speaking of the Twins and the Mets, I learned from Kevin Burkhardt about 30 minutes ago during the Twins/Mets split-squad broadcast that the Twins have signed Pelfrey for two years, $11M.

I checked Cots, and Kevin Burkhardt is apparently not on crystal meth or insane, because that's what has happened.


Hahaha. I couldn't believe it either when I first heard it.
   9. GregD Posted: March 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM (#4672265)
that is just an amazing story
   10. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 16, 2014 at 03:49 AM (#4672279)
"The next day, the NCAA declared little Eric Weber permanently ineligible for college sports or scholarships, even academic scholarships. Denied a college education, his prom date left him for a frat guy, and he now often reminisces about the last happy day of his life as he works the graveyard shift at a local convenience store ."


Now you really know the rest of the story.
   11. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM (#4672302)
This is a very nice story. The part about the fan club helping out his wife after she had their baby strikes me as a risky proposition, and I'm not sure I could allow that, if I were in that situation. It must be nice to be so trusting, and it sounds like he hasn't been betrayed, so, very nice.
   12. Esoteric Posted: March 16, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4672510)
Best story I've seen posted on Primer in a very long time. Just cool as hell.

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