This is a simple post. Rather straight forward. The news tonight is that one 600-home-run-hitting designated hitter has accepted a waiver trade to the city where he got his start. This is a team that, due to the mediocrity of the division, is still in contention even though they’re hovering under .500. The slugger, it has been said, is coming “back home.”
“There’s no question it’s a bittersweet deal,” Twins GM Bill Smith said. “But there’s also no question this is the right thing to do for Jim Thome.
Fine. That’s all well and good, but I have a bone to pick, and thus the point of this post. See, when someone like Jim Thome gives the city of Cleveland 12 years of good service, when he was part of a formidable line-up that went to the World Series, you’re supposed to cherish that. Celebrated it. Cheer it!
Sure, he accepted a big paycheck to go to the Phillies in 2002, but upon his return to the “Jake” (as the Progressive Field was known then) with the 2006 Chicago White Sox (three – THREE – full seasons after he’d skipped town), Thome was booed and jeered loudly and profoundly during his six at-bats.
“Brutal. I think it was really disappointing,” Guillen said of the treatment of Thome. “I remember coming here when … nobody came [to the ballpark].
“All of a sudden, with Thome and [Carlos] Baerga and those great Cleveland players like Omar Vizquel… I think Jim did a lot of great things for this town.
“With the way he played in this town, they should tip their hat and say thank you,” Guillen added. “I was disappointed by it. It was kind of embarrassing. Even the Cleveland players shook their heads.”
I mean, after shower of boos, Johnny Damon was given a better reception when he wore Yankee Pinstripes at Fenway Park.
There are consequences when fans in the soccer world are unruly. Teams are often forced to play games behind closed doors. So, in lieu of shutting down the Prog for a game, the Indians have to go way above and beyond a simple bobble-head night.
Considering Thome will probably wear an Indians cap
if when he heads to the Hall of Fame, they ought to retire his number, rename a section of the seats at the Prog –hell name the whole the stadium Jim Thome park– give him the keys to the city; I don’t know, something big, oh and and give him a standing ovation every time he flies out to right.