Jim Thome, You’re A Class Act
Posted by sportsmaven on September 19, 2007
The Chicago White Sox won the World Series in 2005. One member of the current White Sox who was not on that championship is 1B/DH Jim Thome. Thome was traded to the Sox after the World Series for CF and local hero Aaron Rowand and minor league P Gio Gonzalez. Since then, the Sox have taken the death spiral to the bottom of the AL Central Division, battling the likes of the Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Florida Marlins, amongst others, for the top pick in next year’s amateur baseball draft.
(AP Photo/Jerry Lai)
The one person who deserved to be called a World Series champion is Jim Thome. Nobody expected the White Sox to decline in the manner in which they have done this season. The hitting has been spotty and poor, the pitching, especially the bullpen, has been horrific. The one constant on this train wreck of a White Sox team has been the attitude and professionalism of Jim Thome. Thome hit his 500th HR in dramatic fashion, a walk off HR to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (it rolls off the tongue) 9-7 on Sunday afternoon.
Congratulations, Jim Thome! It is unclear whether this season was a blip on the radar of Sox lore, or if it’s truly a sign of decline, but I hope the Sox make one more run at a championship next season, because nobody on that roster deserves it more than Jim Thome.