Via George King -
When the Yankees signed La Troy Hawkins as a free agent, they heard he was a wonderful presence in the clubhouse. Friday night he proved it.
Seeing that Scott Patterson was upset about being sent out, Hawkins headed for Patterson’s locker. Hawkins knew Patterson was almost perfect in eight games (one hit, no runs in 71/3 innings) and figured he needed some encouragement.
“I told him to go to his room and have some drinks and charge it to my room, 901,” Hawkins said.
Patterson didn’t run up Hawkins’ room service bill but appreciated the support.
“That was awesome, I probably needed that at that point,” said Patterson, who will open the season at Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
Hawkins also gave Patterson advice he received from Kirby Puckett, Rick Aguilera and Kevin Tapani when he was with the Twins.
“I told him I have been there before and they know what you can do,” Hawkins said. “He isn’t that far away. They put him in every situation they could and he came out smelling like a rose. He got big-league hitters out. It was OK to be upset.”
Love to see this stuff. Great move by La Troy.