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Jim Thome. My Homey

Posted on: April 25, 2008 8:59 am
Edited on: April 25, 2008 9:31 am
 

Last night Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox knocked his 513th out of the park.  513, while not a round number, is significant in baseball as he simultaneously passed 2 of the greats in the game.  Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews.

In the steroid era in baseball, many of the great sluggers of this generation have had their legacies completely discredited due to steroid use and/or allegations.  Some of these names are Sosa, McGwire, Bonds, Palmeiro and I think the jury is still out on A-Rod.  There is a trifecta of stars whose numbers in my opinion are not nearly as appreciated as they should be because there really are no steroid rumors hanging over their heads.  Jim Thome is one of these people, with the others being Ken Griffey Jr and Frank Thomas.  There is an argument that can be made, that Jim Thome is the best pure power hitter, who is also clean, of this generation.  Griffey, while having more HRs, was really a 5 tool, all around player and I put that in a different category.

Since he has come to Chicago, it has been apparent to me that Thome is a wonderful person, always willing to do some good in the world and I am sure many of his fans that he left behind in Cleveland and Philadelphia would agree with that assessment.  It is a shame that his legacy is going to be tainted by the sheer fact he played in the steroid era, alongside some of these cheaters.  Hopefully 20 years down the road, when we look back at the great players of the 1990s and 2000s, Jim Thome's name is at or near the top of that list, as I think in order to fully escape the steroid era, we not only have to punish those who used them, but to prop up the accomplishments of those who didn't.

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Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2008 2:57 am
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

Great post - there definitely are under-appreciated players in today's game.

Also, just wanted to point out that Ken Griffey Jr used to be on track to blow Hank Aaron's record out of the water. Such a shame he got hurt. And that Barry Bonds broke the record (illegitimately, arguably) instead.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 4:02 pm
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

Had an apartment for 2 years... just bought a house in Grayslake.




Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 2:25 pm
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

Get the heck outta here!! You're in Buffalo Grove as well.  Small world.  I moved here last year, to live with my fiance.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 1:50 pm
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

I am in the same boat.  I grew up in Milwaukee (Glendale to be exact)...  and have lived in Chicagoland for the last 10-11 years.  Actually in BG for the last 2 years!  I too adopted the Sox as my AL team when I moved to the area.  Since I HATE the Cubs... it was a natural decision for me to make...  If only the Brewers could make some magic happen like the Sox did in '05!



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:35 am
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

I agree.  I am not a White Sox fan, but I am a Brewer fan living in Chicago and I have kind of adopted the White Sox as my American League team.  It is a shame that while we hear about how rotten and arrogant some athletes can be, you seldom hear stories regularly about the truly good guys in the game.  Like you said, Thome is one of those guys you just have to root for.  He is someone that truly understands his role, and the influence he is capable of having.  He is doing his part and then some to make sure that he is a good influence on whomever cares to watch and listen.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:19 am
 

Jim Thome. My Homey

Very well put!  Being a Sox fan... I too have realized that Jim Thome is one of those guys that you just have to cheer for.  He is a great player and a great person.  If you think about how amazing he was those years with the Indians, it is obvious that he does not get the respect from the casual fan he should.  I also agree with your thoughts about Frank Thomas.  His career with the White Sox was one for the ages.  He has lost a lot over the last 4-5 years... and no longer has all the skills he had as a younger player... he will go down as one of the best ever to play on the south side.  While Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and others may have had help reaching their amazing HR numbers... we must pay special attention to the guys that did it right!  And not just the HR guys....  players like Cal, Gwynn, Brett, and others need to be remembered as some of the all-time greats!


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