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‘Hawk’ paid it forward

29 Feb

Many professional athletes are also good people.  I think sometimes we forget their human side as our impression of them resides on their most recent performance in whatever sport they play.  So when I read this nice little story I felt the need to pass it along- me paying it forward if you will.  It seems last year former Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins decided to conduct a nice gesture to one of his teammates, relief pitch Tim Dillard, when the team arrived in New York City to play an interleague series against the Yankees.  Tim Dillard recalls:

We were just pulling into the hotel and ‘Hawk’ called me up to the front of the bus.  I didn’t know what was going on.  I didn’t know if I was going to have to do (his) Harry Caray (impression) or what.  He said, ‘Has anybody ever bought you a suit?’ I told him I couldn’t remember anybody doing it.  So he took me across the street to this place the players like to go to and bought me a suit.  It was unbelievable.  Before we left, he had bought me two suits, four dress shirts and a couple of ties.  Then, he said, ‘You know why I’m doing this? Because he did it for me.’  And he points to this picture of Kirby Puckett hanging on the wall.