Archive for November 5th, 2011

Thome Comes Home

November 5th, 2011 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

This past season, the Phillies’ bench left something to be desired.  It might not have been our biggest issue, and I always assumed that it would be addressed during free agency.  We all remember the exclamation point that Ryan Howard put at the end of the NLDS: he tore his Achilles tendon during the last out of the series.  Among other matters, we now had a lackluster bench and a hole at first (for at least the beginning of 2012).

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Paging Jim Thome ….

News broke yesterday that Thome, now 41, will return to Philadelphia for a one year deal.  You remember Jim Thome, right?  The one who is largely responsible for getting seats filled in Citizens Bank Park?  Word has it that the Phils offered him $1.25M, and once he passes his physical, he’ll be set to start Spring Training in Clearwater in February.  Yes, I’m already counting down.

There could be an argument that we need to make this team younger, not older.  I would consider listening to such an argument if it weren’t Jim Thome.  My Facebook page blew up the night we all watched him hit his 600th homerun.  He’s a player who left Philadelphia but never lost the love and support from this city.  He’s that guy everyone loves because he loves the game, plays hard and carries himself respectfully (Jayson Werth should be taking notes).