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Thome's Big Night

I wrote earlier this season that I thought Jim Thome deserved more attention than he had been receiving in his hunt for 600 homeruns.

Derek Jeter reached 3,000 hits in Hollywood Blockbuster fashion, crushing the milestone ball over the left center field wall at Yankee Stadium. He is the Captain of the team, in some ways the face of baseball and has a flare for the dramatic in clutch spots…last night Jim Thome took a page from the Book of Jeter.

Thome entered Monday night's game 2 away from 600. Rather than getting one and then taking a few at bats off, Jim decided, "Ya know what? I'll just get them both now."

Jim has never been one for the spotlight so maybe he was alright with the lack of flashbulbs and microphones. He has always been a mainstay for his team has a leader and producer on the field. Fans all around baseball either watching live or seeing the replay had to feel good about Jimmy's night. He is proof positive that doing it the right way, putting in your time and work, will get you there.

I would watch Thome in those playoff series against the Yankees in the late 90's and shout at the Bomber pitchers to, "STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM HIM!" As if I was Mickey in the Rocky movies. He looked like every bit a power hitter as he would walk to the plate with thesocks pulled up. Even when he swung and missed the swing would make opposing fans hold their breath for a moment. And yet, I always liked Jim Thome. He is just one of those players. You wish he was wearing your teams colors.

I don't think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer; I KNOW he is. He is a great baseball player but he is more than that. He is a good man and role model. He always gives it all he has and makes the guys around him better. That with his numbers make him Cooperstown bound.

Thanks for being one of the good guys, Jimmy. And congratulations.

I wrote earlier this season that I thought Jim Thome deserved more attention than he had been receiving in his hunt for 600 homeruns.

Derek Jeter reached 3,000 hits in Hollywood Blockbuster fashion, crushing the milestone ball over the left center field wall at Yankee Stadium. He is the Captain of the team, in some ways the face of baseball and has a flare for the dramatic in clutch spots…last night Jim Thome took a page from the Book of Jeter.

Thome entered Monday night's game 2 away from 600. Rather than getting one and then taking a few at bats off, Jim decided, "Ya know what? I'll just get them both now."

Jim has never been one for the spotlight so maybe he was alright with the lack of flashbulbs and microphones. He has always been a mainstay for his team has a leader and producer on the field. Fans all around baseball either watching live or seeing the replay had to feel good about Jimmy's night. He is proof positive that doing it the right way, putting in your time and work, will get you there.

I would watch Thome in those playoff series against the Yankees in the late 90's and shout at the Bomber pitchers to, "STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM HIM!" As if I was Mickey in the Rocky movies. He looked like every bit a power hitter as he would walk to the plate with thesocks pulled up. Even when he swung and missed the swing would make opposing fans hold their breath for a moment. And yet, I always liked Jim Thome. He is just one of those players. You wish he was wearing your teams colors.

I don't think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer; I KNOW he is. He is a great baseball player but he is more than that. He is a good man and role model. He always gives it all he has and makes the guys around him better. That with his numbers make him Cooperstown bound.

Thanks for being one of the good guys, Jimmy. And congratulations.