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Jim Thome

He’s Baaaaack!

August 26, 2011 | | One Comment

By Matt Van Wormer

When Jim Thome left the Indians after the 2002 season (Yeah, it really was nine years ago), I was bitter.  I was angry that this man who said he wanted to stay in Cleveland and that money didn’t matter made it seem like all that mattered was money.  In my 19 year old eyes, Thome lied to me.  Not to anyone else, just me.  I hated Jim Thome.  I hated the Phillies because Jim Thome played for them.  The following summer, I was in Chicago watching the Cubs play the Phillies and people were congregated by the visiting dugout.  I went down there and yelled at Jim Thome for not signing my ticket stub.  I told him we didn’t miss him in Cleveland.  I was the liar.

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BREAKING NEWS: Indians Acquire Jim Thome

August 25, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

According to the Dugout Sports Show, the Indians have acquired Jim Thome from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. Thome, who played for the Tribe from 1991-2002, is the team’s all-time home run hitter with 334. He will be asked to replace Travis Hafner in the lineup, who may be out for the season with a foot injury. Read More

Time To Honor Thome

August 12, 2011 | | One Comment

By Craig Gifford

It was the summer of 2002. The Indians, who had enjoyed a renaissance period of eight winning seasons, six playoff trips and two World Series appearances, were in the midst of their first losing season since 1993. Years of having high-priced stars like Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and others walk way for more dollars were finally catching up.

One constant remained, however. That was first baseman Jim Thome. Clevelanders loved Thome and thought he would be the megastar to take a little less money on the open market and play out his career with the Tribe. Why shouldn’t they have thought that? Thome claimed to love the city as much as it loved him. He went so far as to say in the summer of ’02 that his Indians jersey would have to be ripped off him for him to leave town when his free agency came up in the winter. The fans embraced those words and embraced Thome as he became the franchises all-time career home run king with 334. The question was, how many more would hit?

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