" Hawkins got out and handed Weber the keys.“Then La Troy’s mom drives up in a minivan and picks him up," Weber says. ’, opens up the sliding door of the minivan and gets in with his mom.And then we’re driving down Interstate 94 in his Beemer."The BMW must have been impressive.“My family, my wife, daughter, son, brother, cousins, aunties, grandparents. And they found me."* * *Spring training is special for the club’s core members. 29, they already had their plans made for Arizona because they like coming to Arizona. She was just so thrilled he was there and he was just very humored by her.
“One of the coolest things happens when we’re talking to him before the games and people will come down and want to interrupt," says Larry Campbell, LHFC member No. “And La Troy says, ‘Not right now, I’m talking with my family.' He refers to us as family. Family."“It’s hard for me to even talk about -- I still get goose bumps about how genuinely nice they are," Hawkins says. They’re just the nicest people in the world you would ever want to meet.
The most caring people you would ever want to meet."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. The day of the prom was also the day of a Twins game, so Weber waited for Hawkins and the car at the Metrodome.
Anita had hernia surgery a few months after she gave birth and was unable to lift Troi.
So the members got together and helped out.“We took assorted times -- first thing in the morning, lunch time, evening time," Campbell says.
When the Webers married, Hawkins flew from his Texas home to Minnesota on New Year’s Eve in terrible weather to be one of Eric’s groomsmen. He’s such a magnet -- people cling to him because he’s so much fun to be around."By the way, the Weber family paid Hawkins back last year for that BMW prom ride.
Not only that, the best man had bronchitis so Hawkins delivered the reception speech in his place.“He is just a very kind, giving guy. Weber’s father is a pilot for Delta Airlines and when Hawkins was with the Mets last season, he flew the team charter from Denver to Minnesota.* * *The LHFC started during the 2000 season for one very simple reason.
Some will drive him around when he’s in town with a team and doesn't have a car.
Each year, the LHFC holds a dinner on Hawkins’ birthday and calls him to sing “Happy Birthday."“I know how it’s affected my life in a positive way," Hawkins says. ’ She referred to him as her other son.“After the Saturday Mets-Twins game, he said, ‘OK, I’m going to go visit Mom.’ He met me out at her care center and he brought her all these things.
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. When Hawkins pulled up with the BMW, a fan standing next to Weber asked whose car it was.