Thursday, October 27, 2005

Big Hurt In The Second City

I am happy that the White Sox won the World Series, and that the "Curse of Shoeless Joe"--whatever the f&%k that is-- is over. I do feel bad for the "Big Hurt", Frank Thomas, though. One of the games greatest hitters, a player who I think should be in the Hall of Fame but will likely not make it, Thomas was injured for most of the season and was unable to make any on-field contributions during the Fall Classic. Thomas has carried the franchise for many years, and it is unfortunate that he will not be able to completely share in his teammates joy. The worst part is that winning a World Series might have been something that pushed him over the top in Hall of Fame voters' minds. I hope that Ozzie Guillen, the players, and White Sox management take the time and effort to thank Thomas for all he has done for Major League Baseball and the White Sox franchise.

3 Comments:

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

The best way to gauge this is to see whether the players vote Thomas a World Series share.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

They better. The guy hit 12 dingers in about a week this year.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Kevin Kimmis said...

From Jim Caple's post-WS column on ESPN.com:

"Thomas said it didn't matter that he never played an inning in the World Series due to his broken ankle, that all he wanted to do was be a part of a champion and that he cried with joy for two innings after he simply stood on the foul line for the player introductions."

So maybe Frank doesn't feel bad about not playing. Emphasis on the word "maybe". If I were him, it would have killed me not to be out there.

Maybe being with a team as long as he has means it matters less. And no one can deny his role in the success of the White Sox, even if his contribution this year was less than in years past. He may not deserve to be in the HOF - I have no opinion on that - but he certainly deserves to savour this victory.

 

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