Hawkins reflects on Steinbrenner

Hawkins reflects on Steinbrenner

BOSTON -- Andy Hawkins spent 10 years pitching in the Major Leagues, and three of those were with the Yankees under owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away on Tuesday.

Hawkins still remembers throwing a no-hitter against the White Sox on July 1, 1989, only to lose the game, 4-0, on a couple of errors by his outfielders.

"I'll tell you what -- when I threw that no-hitter, [Steinbrenner] called down to the field and told me he wanted to buy me a Jeep Wrangler," Hawkins said. "I thanked him, but told him that he was paying me a good salary and he didn't have to do that. He didn't have to reward me for doing my job. He was already paying me a good salary.

"He took care of people. I know a lot of guys got fired there, but they were just re-assigned and he was still close to all of them."