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thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 12:32 PM
Beginning now.

I see the portraits have been updated on the wall.

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 12:33 PM
I hate that I cant watch this :(

manders_01
08-29-2010, 12:34 PM
I hate that I cant watch this :(

Me too! No luck on MLB.tv. Guess we'll be watching it online later.

BringHomeDaBacon
08-29-2010, 12:35 PM
Is it possible to watch this out of market?

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 12:35 PM
Me too! No luck on MLB.tv. Guess we'll be watching it online later.

Yeah I wish mlb.tv would put it on. but noooo

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 12:35 PM
Congrats #35! :gulp:
Many past players (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100828&content_id=14034130&notebook_id=14037360&vkey=notebook_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb#14037362) to honor Frank.

SoxSpeed22
08-29-2010, 12:36 PM
Is it possible to watch this out of market?Doesn't look like it.
Also lol Terry Bevington getting booed.

manders_01
08-29-2010, 12:37 PM
Is it possible to watch this out of market?

Just cheked ESPN and ESPNews and neither has it. Does anyone have MLB channel to check if it's on there?

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 12:38 PM
Just cheked ESPN and ESPNews and neither has it. Does anyone have MLB channel to check if it's on there?

Its not

BringHomeDaBacon
08-29-2010, 12:39 PM
Dear MLBTV,

Thanks for the 8-0 little league game.

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 12:39 PM
Nice! Carlton Fisk is there

EDIT: Jermaine Dye!

manders_01
08-29-2010, 12:39 PM
Its not

Damn! This really should be on TV. Frank absolutely deserves it.

thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 12:39 PM
Jermaine!:bandance:

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 12:41 PM
This better be online quick after its over

thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 12:42 PM
So is today Harold's first day back in the box?

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 12:43 PM
So is today Harold's first day back in the box?


I think it is, he wasn't at Fridays game.

cheezheadsoxfan
08-29-2010, 12:44 PM
Nice boos for Giambi.

AlexRios51
08-29-2010, 12:51 PM
Am I the only one annoyed by the constant cuts of the crowd during the video tribute?

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 12:53 PM
Haha Batman and Robin :cool:

cheezheadsoxfan
08-29-2010, 12:54 PM
Am I the only one annoyed by the constant cuts of the crowd during the video tribute?
+1 Ruins continuity.

cheezheadsoxfan
08-29-2010, 12:56 PM
Real nice likeness.

Sockinchisox
08-29-2010, 12:57 PM
Starting to lose it over here.

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 12:58 PM
#35 tearing up, said trying to get it together. Has a long speech doesn't know if he will be able to finish it.

AlexRios51
08-29-2010, 12:59 PM
You the man BIG HUUUUUUUUUURT!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to make the trip to Cooperstown.

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 01:00 PM
You the man BIG HUUUUUUUUUURT!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to make the trip to Cooperstown.

I think its a must since I will be 21, never got to see him play. The 2 games I did go to in 2004 and 2005 he was hurt. Very dissapointing

thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 01:01 PM
One of the most emotional moments in White Sox history?

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 01:03 PM
Frank with his family, throws out the first pitch to Fisk

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 01:04 PM
One of the most emotional moments in White Sox history?

Very moving ceremony.

AlexRios51
08-29-2010, 01:04 PM
I think its a must since I will be 21, never got to see him play. The 2 games I did go to in 2004 and 2005 he was hurt. Very dissapointing
Being 18 myself I never saw him play either, but the stats don't lie, he was a BEAST!!!!!

BigHurt3515
08-29-2010, 01:05 PM
Being 18 myself I never saw him play either, but the stats don't lie, he was a BEAST!!!!!

He is the reason I became a Sox fan.

thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 01:07 PM
He is the reason I became a Sox fan.
My user name reflects how important he was to me growing up a Sox fan.

Over By There
08-29-2010, 01:08 PM
If anyone comes across a photo of the wall, can you post it up? I'd love to see it. Congrats to the Big Hurt!

Streets
08-29-2010, 01:09 PM
No motorcycle or anything? Fisk got one.

My childhood hero... congrats Big Frank.

Soxman219
08-29-2010, 01:10 PM
I'm about to be in tears!

dickallen15
08-29-2010, 01:10 PM
I think it is, he wasn't at Fridays game.
He's been in uniform and in the dugout for about a month.

SBSoxFan
08-29-2010, 01:11 PM
Congrats #35! :gulp:
Many past players (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100828&content_id=14034130&notebook_id=14037360&vkey=notebook_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb#14037362) to honor Frank.

Yeah, where'd they get some of these guys? Dan Pasqua? Mike Huff? :D:

James Baldwin looked awful. It looked like he could barely walk.

What a great ceremony though. Frank sure hit some ferocious line drives!

Now, let's cap it off with a win, and get back to 3-1/2 out! :gulp:

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 01:12 PM
If anyone comes across a photo of the wall, can you post it up? I'd love to see it. Congrats to the Big Hurt!

Twitter (http://www.twitvid.com/R0HBF)

EDIT: Frank Thomas in the booth w/Hawk,Stone said that he was fitted for the statue to be unveiled next year.

thomas35forever
08-29-2010, 01:13 PM
Twitter (http://www.twitvid.com/R0HBF)
Damn, that was fast.

CWSpalehoseCWS
08-29-2010, 01:13 PM
I loved watching him hit HR's as a kid. Was and still is my favorite baseball player of all-time. The reason I'm a Sox fan.

skobabe8
08-29-2010, 01:27 PM
If anyone comes across a photo of the wall, can you post it up? I'd love to see it. Congrats to the Big Hurt!

Here's a video:

http://www.twitvid.com/R0HBF

EDIT: Same video as previously posted. I'm late to the party.

Madvora
08-29-2010, 01:34 PM
I was expecting to see Ventura and Bo Jackson there.

Noneck
08-29-2010, 01:51 PM
I was expecting to see Ventura and Bo Jackson there.

Blackjack also.

Maybe all Thomas's former players lived locally and only cab fare had to be paid by organization.

#1swisher
08-29-2010, 01:59 PM
I was expecting to see Ventura and Bo Jackson there.

Frank said that Ventura was taking his daughter to college today. He picked a bad day to have Frank Thomas Day, others have lives.:D:

Deadguy
08-29-2010, 02:22 PM
Blackjack also.

Maybe all Thomas's former players lived locally and only cab fare had to be paid by organization.


Espn.com ran an article on Bo Jackson back in 2007, and at that time he lived in the suburbs of Chicago. He is very private and protective of his family, to the point that his wife's coworkers don't even know that her husband is Bo Jackson and he wouldn't even allow photographers to take pictures of him that could include family portraits in the background.

He came off as rather bitter towards sports, in general, and described himself as a businessman who just dabbled in professional sports. He would not allow his two sons and his daughters to participate in college athletics.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=bojackson

Congratulations to Frank! You are and always will be my favorite player. I wish I could have been there.

JB98
08-29-2010, 08:40 PM
Great ceremony. Grateful that I was able to attend today's game.

ChiSoxGirl
08-29-2010, 09:16 PM
One of the most emotional moments in White Sox history?

Without a doubt.

I'm about to be in tears!

I was!!!

Madvora
08-30-2010, 08:02 AM
Espn.com ran an article on Bo Jackson back in 2007, and at that time he lived in the suburbs of Chicago. He is very private and protective of his family, to the point that his wife's coworkers don't even know that her husband is Bo Jackson and he wouldn't even allow photographers to take pictures of him that could include family portraits in the background.

He came off as rather bitter towards sports, in general, and described himself as a businessman who just dabbled in professional sports. He would not allow his two sons and his daughters to participate in college athletics.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=bojackson

Congratulations to Frank! You are and always will be my favorite player. I wish I could have been there.
I don't think the reason he wasn't there was because of privacy issues or anything. I thought he had shown up at spring training a couple times and I'm pretty sure he visited the booth a couple times with Hawk too. He probably just had something going on.

soxgirl617
08-30-2010, 08:10 AM
Without a doubt.



I was!!!

So glad I was able to be at the game. Most of the people in the couple of rows near me were in tears--including me, of course! It's another great Sox memory!

I love Big Frank.

Woofer
08-30-2010, 08:38 AM
I was there, the whole thing was very moving and well done. Hard to keep a dry eye. Without a doubt, the loudest cheer of the day came for Jermaine Dye.

hawkjt
08-30-2010, 08:58 AM
The ceremony was very well-done...cept for the unveiling of that protrait that left Hawk and Jerry looking like a couple of old men trying to wrestle a octopus.:D:

The video was priceless...tip of the hat to the Sox video gurus...I want to watch that again..great music too!

Amazing how fast the calender turns...seems like yesterday that Hawk was cracking wise about how big Frank jr. as a 2 yr old...now look..lil Frank is almost as tall as Big Hurt, and maybe a dad?

I am very pleased that Frank and the organization have totally kissed and made up ,and that Frank will now be a fixture around Sox baseball for many years...probably end up replacing a retiring Melton some day.

LongLiveFisk
08-30-2010, 09:26 AM
Amazing how fast the calender turns...seems like yesterday that Hawk was cracking wise about how big Frank jr. as a 2 yr old...now look..lil Frank is almost as tall as Big Hurt, and maybe a dad?


If I am not mistaken, little Frank was the baby. Frank's oldest son is named Sterling. Can someone confirm this?

hawkjt
08-30-2010, 09:32 AM
If I am not mistaken, little Frank was the baby. Frank's oldest son is named Sterling. Can someone confirm this?

Yes,you are right...Sterling was the big baby Hawk used to talk about.
So, is that Franks baby? I thought it might be his grandson?

LongLiveFisk
08-30-2010, 09:36 AM
Yes,you are right...Sterling was the big baby Hawk used to talk about.
So, is that Franks baby? I thought it might be his grandson?

I think it's maybe another baby with his current wife. Not sure.

Domeshot17
08-30-2010, 11:36 AM
I thought this was cool too. Did anyone notice the large bulk of the Yankees team were standing on top of the dugout cheering and applauding big Frank during the entire ceremony.

soxfan43
08-30-2010, 12:01 PM
I thought this was cool too. Did anyone notice the large bulk of the Yankees team were standing on top of the dugout cheering and applauding big Frank during the entire ceremony.

I definitely saw that, Swisher and Jeter looked very into the video. The young guys on the Sox looked very into it as well, Sale, Jenks, Santos etc.

They mentioned that painting they gave him was done by Vernon Wells Sr, should I assume that he is the dad of the Blue Jays player?

All in all, a great ceremony for a great player. He's one of the biggest reasons I became a Sox fan as a kid and it was great to follow his entire career through the ups and downs.

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08-30-2010, 12:02 PM
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tacosalbarojas
08-30-2010, 12:18 PM
I don't think the reason he wasn't there was because of privacy issues or anything. I thought he had shown up at spring training a couple times and I'm pretty sure he visited the booth a couple times with Hawk too. He probably just had something going on.Agreed, and I was stunned Bo wasn't there. He was at the most recent Fisk day thing they had in '08 so don't think it's anything regarding privacy. Must have been just a prior committment he couldn't get out of.

tacosalbarojas
08-30-2010, 12:21 PM
Yeah, where'd they get some of these guys? Dan Pasqua? Mike Huff? :D:

James Baldwin looked awful. It looked like he could barely walk.

What a great ceremony though. Frank sure hit some ferocious line drives!

Now, let's cap it off with a win, and get back to 3-1/2 out! :gulp:
Bill Simas is alive!

soxgirl617
08-30-2010, 01:40 PM
If I am not mistaken, little Frank was the baby. Frank's oldest son is named Sterling. Can someone confirm this?

You are correct. Frank's kids with his first wife are Sterling, Sloan, and Sydney. Little Frank is Frank's son with his second wife. See http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/frank-thomas.html for a nice picture of the family.

ewokpelts
08-30-2010, 01:50 PM
I definitely saw that, Swisher and Jeter looked very into the video. The young guys on the Sox looked very into it as well, Sale, Jenks, Santos etc.

They mentioned that painting they gave him was done by Vernon Wells Sr, should I assume that he is the dad of the Blue Jays player?

All in all, a great ceremony for a great player. He's one of the biggest reasons I became a Sox fan as a kid and it was great to follow his entire career through the ups and downs.vernon wells JR is a sports artist. he's done quite a few projects for upper deck. looks like his kid IS vernon wells III, former teammate of frank thomas.

SBSoxFan
08-30-2010, 01:51 PM
Bill Simas is alive!


And of course Kittle was there. He's like the 40 year old high school sports star who has nothing better to do than show up on Friday nights wearing his letter jacket. :tongue:

RealFan
08-30-2010, 02:00 PM
I was there, the whole thing was very moving and well done. Hard to keep a dry eye. Without a doubt, the loudest cheer of the day came for Jermaine Dye.


My kids were a little suprised to see the dear old dad shedding a few tears. I grabbed one of those concession napkins out of my pockets to dab my eyes and noticed quite a few other men of my age doing the very same. A very emotional moment for this Sox fan of 30+ years.

ewokpelts
08-30-2010, 02:01 PM
And of course Kittle was there. He's like the 40 year old high school sports star who has nothing better to do than show up on Friday nights wearing his letter jacket. :tongue:he's a sox employee, adn former teammate of frank's

DSpivack
08-30-2010, 02:23 PM
And of course Kittle was there. He's like the 40 year old high school sports star who has nothing better to do than show up on Friday nights wearing his letter jacket. :tongue:

Walked right past me as I was waiting in line around 11am yesterday.

ewokpelts
08-30-2010, 02:26 PM
a sample of Vernon Well Jr's work(sox related):

http://www.vwellsart.com/images/ARow_3_1_wtmk.jpg

grenda12
08-30-2010, 02:58 PM
Some Photos from the Ceremony (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=924307491408%3A 986116421&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee)

October26
08-30-2010, 03:22 PM
Great ceremony. Grateful that I was able to attend today's game.

I was also in attendance yesterday with my family. It was a great ceremony and I cried like a baby during the entire ceremony. So glad that Frank and the Sox are at peace now and really glad to have him back in Chicago.

Thanks for sharing your great pictures, grenda12!

Loved seeing that Big Hurt Number 35 unveiled out on the outfield wall, right between Billy Pierce and Carlton Fisk. What a great moment that was!

Sam Spade
08-30-2010, 03:45 PM
Some Photos from the Ceremony (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=924307491408%3A 986116421&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee)
Thank you.

hi im skot
08-30-2010, 03:51 PM
a sample of Vernon Well Jr's work(sox related):
[GIANT-ASS AARON ROWAND ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL]


Whoa.

ChiSoxGirl
08-30-2010, 08:34 PM
Some Photos from the Ceremony (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=924307491408%3A 986116421&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee)

Dude... you had AWESOME seats and I absolutely love your pictures! I was relegated to Sec. 156, so I couldn't see anything and my only pictures are of what was being shown on the jumbotron. :shrug: I'm just glad I was there. :smile:

BoysMom3
08-30-2010, 09:40 PM
Watched it at home and was moved to tears. Very touching. Why did Ozzie look so stone faced?

DumpJerry
08-30-2010, 09:49 PM
Watched it at home and was moved to tears. Very touching. Why did Ozzie look so stone faced?
Ozzie is not a very emotional guy. Mr. Poker Face 24/7. He wears his emotions close to the vest.

roylestillman
08-31-2010, 07:53 AM
Just a note about some class shown by the Sox organization. Some, including myself, were scratching their heads over why the Sox would waste a promotion opportunity like Frank Thomas Day on a Sunday against the Yankees vs. say a Royals game on a Tuesday when you could use the box office. Over the last couple of days it became apparent that the reason was that they wanted to honor Frank by insuring a sell out crowd vs. use him as a promotion. This was made clear at last night's Andre Dawson night, held on a Monday against the Pirates as a way to bolster the gate. The program took place in front of the smallest crowd of the year and became a bit of an embarrassment.

soxgirl617
08-31-2010, 08:06 AM
Some Photos from the Ceremony (http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=924307491408%3A 986116421&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee)


Thanks for sharing---the pictures are great. A couple of them made my eyes well up with tears again!

ewokpelts
08-31-2010, 08:26 AM
Just a note about some class shown by the Sox organization. Some, including myself, were scratching their heads over why the Sox would waste a promotion opportunity like Frank Thomas Day on a Sunday against the Yankees vs. say a Royals game on a Tuesday when you could use the box office. Over the last couple of days it became apparent that the reason was that they wanted to honor Frank by insuring a sell out crowd vs. use him as a promotion. This was made clear at last night's Andre Dawson night, held on a Monday against the Pirates as a way to bolster the gate. The program took place in front of the smallest crowd of the year and became a bit of an embarrassment.i think it would have still been a hit with the frank bobbleheads and if it was on another sunny sunday afternoon.

hawkjt
08-31-2010, 08:52 AM
Yes,I was critical of Sox management for scheduling Frank's day vs the Yankees, and not in a game like Sept 12 vs KC...but you do make a good point. Yes, Sox management could have pumped up attendance by a few thousand vs the Royals, but it also would be Bear opener,and the Sox could have been fading out of the pennant race badly by then...which would mean no more than 30k at the ballpark.

So, Sox management did the right thing and sacrificed a few thousand in attendance on Sept 12 and gave Frank a big,proper send-off. Good for them.
Still think the Blackhawk nite could have been on the KC series weekend tho.:D: