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WhiteSox5187
01-20-2010, 05:03 PM
While browsing around for videos of Old Comiskey on YouTube (I have a problem...) I came across this and figured people here would love to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfwp70Bdfy8&feature=related

DumpJerry
01-20-2010, 05:11 PM
Who is that skinny guy in the on-deck circle?

BleacherBandit
01-20-2010, 05:22 PM
http://3putt.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/sosa.jpg

Seeing him in that uniform gives me shivvers.

ShoelessJoeS
01-20-2010, 05:25 PM
Frank Thomas is one large human being.

thomas35forever
01-20-2010, 05:29 PM
I never knew Frank wore number 15 when he first came up. Maybe it was a sign that another future HOFer would wear that number for the Sox two decades later.

Lip Man 1
01-20-2010, 05:41 PM
Sosa actually had a great deal of baseball talent. In 1990 he was the only player in baseball to have double figure totals in doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases and outfield assists.

Why he did what he did, I'll never understand. He didn't have to.

Lip

WhiteSox5187
01-20-2010, 06:03 PM
Sosa actually had a great deal of baseball talent. In 1990 he was the only player in baseball to have double figure totals in doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases and outfield assists.

Why he did what he did, I'll never understand. He didn't have to.

Lip

Eh, he was a guy who would hit .250 with 30 HRs and 30 SBs, that's good but steroids made him "great."

sox68
01-20-2010, 07:19 PM
Thanks for posting, the wife to be an I were at that game, I think it was a double header and involved Alex Fernandez's debut too. I think Frank tripled in that game.....great memories

DumpJerry
01-20-2010, 07:28 PM
Thanks for posting, the wife to be an I were at that game, I think it was a double header and involved Alex Fernandez's debut too. I think Frank tripled in that game.....great memories
It was Game I (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL199008021.shtml) of the DH when they both made their MLB debuts. Frank did not get a hit (but got a RBI) and did not play in Game II (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL199008022.shtml).

MisterB
01-20-2010, 07:33 PM
Eh, he was a guy who would hit .250 with 30 HRs and 30 SBs, that's good but steroids made him "great."

Basically, Sammy Sosa - Flintstone vitamins = Mike Cameron

Zisk77
01-20-2010, 08:05 PM
While browsing around for videos of Old Comiskey on YouTube (I have a problem...) I came across this and figured people here would love to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfwp70Bdfy8&feature=related

Its ok at least you weren't looking at porn...were you?!:tongue:

Bobby Thigpen
01-20-2010, 08:09 PM
Wasn't Frank's first hit a double off the right field wall in a night game up in Milwaukee?

I remember that's the first time I had ever seen him and sitting in my living room watching the game with my dad we both said "Holy ****! That guy's huge." Some people you just know are going to be stars.

I had thought it was in his first at bat, but I definitely am apparently wrong.

sox1970
01-20-2010, 08:11 PM
Wasn't Frank's first hit a double off the right field wall in a night game up in Milwaukee?

I remember that's the first time I had ever seen him and sitting in my living room watching the game with my dad we both said "Holy ****! That guy's huge." Some people you just know are going to be stars.

I had thought it was in his first at bat, but I definitely am apparently wrong.

His first hit was a triple in his second game.

LongLiveFisk
01-20-2010, 08:54 PM
The camera angle is awful, but still interesting to watch.

Jim Shorts
01-20-2010, 08:57 PM
The only two things I remember about Sosa and the Sox were that he came up with a lot of potential and a spectacular arm. That, and he was traded to the Cubs for George Bell on my 21st birthday. I came home completely trashed...turned on ESPN, learned the news and woke up my entire apt complex because I was disappointed.

Not to sure how I feel about telling that story.

NDSox12
01-20-2010, 11:25 PM
Thanks for posting that. It definitely brings back memories since I was at that game too. I didn't have nearly as good of a seat as whoever made that video.

g0g0
01-21-2010, 08:50 AM
I think that Thomas kid has a future...

TheOldRoman
01-21-2010, 09:12 AM
Sosa actually had a great deal of baseball talent. In 1990 he was the only player in baseball to have double figure totals in doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases and outfield assists.

Why he did what he did, I'll never understand. He didn't have to.

LipAre you referring to taking steroids, corking his bat, or smashing a whiskey bottle over his wife's head?

wilburaga
01-21-2010, 09:24 AM
Basically, Sammy Sosa - Flintstone vitamins = Mike Cameron

That's as true as E=MC2

W

PaleHoser
01-21-2010, 09:37 AM
Nice find. I really like his stirrups.

fram40
01-21-2010, 09:38 AM
Sosa actually had a great deal of baseball talent. In 1990 he was the only player in baseball to have double figure totals in doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases and outfield assists.

Why he did what he did, I'll never understand. He didn't have to.

Lip

I remember - vaguely - an article about Sosa written by one of the Chicago beat writers some time (one, two years?) after Sosa had been traded to the Cubs. The article anonymously cited ex-teammates on the Sox who mentioned how much talent Sosa had. These ex-teammates felt he may well have had even more talent than Frank Thomas. They added, however, that Sosa would never reach his full potential because he was such an idiot.

After watching Sosa over his career, I'd have to agree that he was indeed baseball-stupid but a PR-genius - at least until 2003 or so when he was caught cheating. Interesting how he so poorly managed his reputation at the end of his career. His performance before Congress was badly conceived and executed, as was his last day exit in 2004. He went from legend to pariah - one of the biggest falls in baseball history.

haganaga
01-21-2010, 09:39 AM
Wasn't Frank's first hit a double off the right field wall in a night game up in Milwaukee?

I remember that's the first time I had ever seen him and sitting in my living room watching the game with my dad we both said "Holy ****! That guy's huge." Some people you just know are going to be stars.

I had thought it was in his first at bat, but I definitely am apparently wrong.
That's exactly what I thought. I clearly remember it being in Milwaukee and Hawk saying something like, "we're gonna see great things from this young man." I'll take others word for it but if I was asked 2 days ago, I would have bet $1,000 his first hit was a double off the right field wall in his first MLB at-bat. Thank goodness that chance never came up. :smile:

russ99
01-21-2010, 10:54 AM
The only two things I remember about Sosa and the Sox were that he came up with a lot of potential and a spectacular arm. That, and he was traded to the Cubs for George Bell on my 21st birthday. I came home completely trashed...turned on ESPN, learned the news and woke up my entire apt complex because I was disappointed.

Not to sure how I feel about telling that story.

Actually I remember being happy since we got George Bell in the deal, and we needed another slugger.

Sosa had shown some promise with the Sox, but was far from being a polished hitter.

That deal didn't look bad until 2-3 years (and some Flintstones vitamins) later.

I was happier with Carlos Lee's debut (1st AB HR) with the Sox than Frank's.

stl_sox_fan
01-21-2010, 01:07 PM
Thanks for that! For some reason I was thinking he was in that select group of people that homered in their first at bat.
Which now I know the only Sox to do that in a Sox uni are Carlos Lee, Miguel Olivo and Josh Fields.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_with_a_home_run_in_first_major_lea gue_at-bat

Britt Burns
01-21-2010, 03:10 PM
Thanks for that! For some reason I was thinking he was in that select group of people that homered in their first at bat.
Which now I know the only Sox to do that in a Sox uni are Carlos Lee, Miguel Olivo and Josh Fields.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_with_a_home_run_in_first_major_lea gue_at-bat


Wow...I had forgotten that Fields homered in his first game. That seem slike a looooong time ago now.

SOX ADDICT '73
01-21-2010, 03:48 PM
Frank Thomas had the physique of a comic book superhero.

Dibbs
01-21-2010, 08:31 PM
I always thought Frank doubled in his first at bat.

EDIT: I am fairly certain that is not his first big league at bat. Anyone else agree?

MarkZ35
01-21-2010, 08:58 PM
I always thought Frank doubled in his first at bat.

EDIT: I am fairly certain that is not his first big league at bat. Anyone else agree?
I believe it is. Baseball reference says he flew out to center in his first at bat.

downstairs
01-22-2010, 10:35 AM
I always thought Frank doubled in his first at bat.

EDIT: I am fairly certain that is not his first big league at bat. Anyone else agree?

No, it is:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL199008021.shtml

His first game. He pops out to center for his first AB. His other AB's are a ground out, foul out, and believe it or not a game-winning RBI on fielder's choice.

Dibbs
01-22-2010, 10:57 AM
I believe it is. Baseball reference says he flew out to center in his first at bat.

Thanks. I always thought he hit a double. Maybe I am listening to Hawk's stories too much!

soxinem1
01-22-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks for posting, the wife to be an I were at that game, I think it was a double header and involved Alex Fernandez's debut too. I think Frank tripled in that game.....great memories

The 3B was Frank's first hit in MIL, just over Robin Yount's head (and nearly a HR) to RF against Mark Knudson, who had a no-no to that point.

That was awesome to be at!!!

mccombe_35
01-27-2010, 07:59 PM
The 3B was Frank's first hit in MIL, just over Robin Yount's head (and nearly a HR) to RF against Mark Knudson, who had a no-no to that point.

That was awesome to be at!!!

I was watching that game.

I thought it was Rob Deer in RF. Ball was only about a foot away from being a HR & Deer crashed into the wall trying to catch it & was down & out while Frank ended up with a triple.

mshawks
01-27-2010, 09:38 PM
I was watching that game.

I thought it was Rob Deer in RF. Ball was only about a foot away from being a HR & Deer crashed into the wall trying to catch it & was down & out while Frank ended up with a triple.


It was Rob Deer:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL199008030.shtml

How do you not love a site that can tell you who was plaing rightfield for the Milwaukee Brewers in a meaningless game 20 years ago? Also, I must thank baseballreference.com for clearing my foggy memory. I was a 10 year old kid who watched about 160 out of a 162 games in 1990. I could have sworn that Frank hit the triple in the 2nd game of that doubleheader, but apparently he didn't play in the 2nd game. The triple came on the following night.

DSpivack
01-27-2010, 10:09 PM
Wow, very cool. Even for a guy who was a 5-year old Cubs fan at the time. :o: