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Lip Man 1
07-30-2005, 02:49 AM
I spent the evening reviewing tapes from long ago and of more recent vintage. I just wanted to refresh my memory about Frank Thomas and how good he really was when he was younger. I’m certainly not wishing him ill in the future, just that factually, given his age and the number of major injuries to that leg the chances do not appear good of him returning, at least with the Sox. Thomas himself was quoted today as saying that, and I’m paraphrasing here, if the ankle was broken again it would be a very difficult injury to recover from. (The quote was apparently aired on ESPN radio from an interview last week...)

So I wanted to remember the ‘best’ of Frank Thomas...not someone who because of circumstances beyond his control, wasn’t able to do what he once did, but him when he struck absolute fear into pitchers from Anaheim to New York and all points in between.

Call it the 'best' of Frank Thomas. Here’s what I came up with. What are yours???

In chronological order.

1. August 3, 1990 - Sox at Milwaukee. Thomas had actually made his major league debut the day before as part of a double header. He started his big league career by the way, wearing #15! But this game set the tone for things to come. In the 7th inning with the Sox trailing 1-0 Thomas drilled a Mark Knudson pitch deep to right center. Rob Deer slammed into the fence trying to make the catch, the ball just missed going out for a three run home run. Thomas wound up with a triple, and what turned out to be the game winning RBI’s in a 6-2 win. The Sox would go on to sweep Milwaukee in a five game set.

2. April 22, 1991 - Baltimore at Sox. The Sox were in a new home, the new Comiskey Park, and were having trouble. They lost two of three to Detroit and had yet to hit a home run in the new facility. Up stepped Thomas in the fifth inning with two men on. Facing him was ‘Big’ Ben McDonald. McDonald hung a breaking pitch. Thomas deposited it into the left center field seats for a three run home run. The first ever by a Sox player in the new park. The blast gave the Sox a 6-5 lead in a game they’d win 8-7.

3. August 13, 1993 - Kansas City at Sox. The 1993 Western Division Championship was basically won on this Friday evening. The Royals were leading 4-2 in the last of the 8th inning. A Kansas City win would cut the Sox lead down to a game and a half. Kansas City wanted this game so badly that they brought in closer Jeff Montgomery, usually a 9th inning specialist early. Montgomery faced Thomas with two on and two out. He hung a slider that Frank ripped into the left field seats as a crowd of over 30,000 went crazy. The Sox led 5-4, it was the score they would win the game by. The Royals were now three and a half back. They never recovered.

4. October 9, 1993 - Sox at Toronto. It was Game #4 of the LCS. Toronto led the series 2-1 and this game 3-2 in the 6th inning. They had knocked out Jason Bere early and were looking to put a stranglehold on this series. Thomas came up against Todd Stottlemyre with one out. With one swing Frank crushed a ball deep into the second deck at Skydome, just a tremendous blast that tied the game at three. The Sox would score two more runs in the inning and would win the game 7-4, tying the best of seven series at two games each. Thomas would be walked 10 times in the six game series which I think is still a record. That’s how much the Blue Jays staff feared getting beat by him. A fitting tribute to the A.L. MVP.

5. July 18, 1994 - Detroit at Sox. It was a wild game shown nationally on the short lived ‘The Baseball Network.’ With strike talk in the air the Sox stumbled out of the gate trailing 5-0 after an inning and a half. It was 9-5 in the 7th inning when Frank came up with the sacks full of Sox and Joe Boever on the mound. Joe tried to sneak a fastball by Thomas. Big mistake. It wound up bouncing off the metal hitters background in dead center field. The grand slam tied the game at nine. The Sox would win 10-9 in 13 innings. It was clutch hits like that, that led to Thomas being named unanimously, the A.L. MVP for the second time.

I have no idea what the future holds for Frank. If he is through, if he is at least through with the White Sox, then I consider myself fortunate to have watched one of the best hitters in baseball perform in his prime for the hometown team.

Lip

ChiWhiteSox1337
07-30-2005, 03:05 AM
July 2, 2003 vs the Minnesota Twins. Frank Thomas went deep off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, but the best was yet to come for the Big Hurt that night. Thomas crushed one off of Twins' closer Eddie Guardado in the 12th inning to win the ballgame for the White Sox. I still remember Hawk's call..

Chisox003
07-30-2005, 03:34 AM
5. July 18, 1994 - Detroit at Sox. It was a wild game shown nationally on the short lived ‘The Baseball Network.’ With strike talk in the air the Sox stumbled out of the gate trailing 5-0 after an inning and a half. It was 9-5 in the 7th inning when Frank came up with the sacks full of Sox and Joe Boever on the mound. Joe tried to sneak a fastball by Thomas. Big mistake. It wound up bouncing off the metal hitters background in dead center field. The grand slam tied the game at nine. The Sox would win 10-9 in 13 innings. It was clutch hits like that, that led to Thomas being named unanimously, the A.L. MVP for the second time.

I have no idea what the future holds for Frank. If he is through, if he is at least through with the White Sox, then I consider myself fortunate to have watched one of the best hitters in baseball perform in his prime for the hometown team.

Lip

First of all, this thread is awesome, and I expect over at least a couple hundred responses of great moments from Frank...

Second, that game I highlighted above....I was 6 years old and remember it like yesterday....My power at my house was out, and I was sitting by the radio the entire night. When he hit that slam, WOW....

The second post, July 2, 2003, I was at that game, upper deck, 1st base line....When he hit it, again, WOW....I too remember Hawk's call that night (replay) and I get chills just thinking about it

Im going to cheat for my Frank highlight and choose the entire 2000 season....

Ya, he put up incredible numbers and was the TRUE MVP, but it was following two "off" years, where Frank didnt put up huge numbers like we were used to....

2000 rolled around, and he just put the team on his back and posted a .328 Average, 43 HR's, 143 RBI's, 112 BB's, 115 Runs, 44 doubles, a 1.061 OPS, a .625 SLG % and a .436 OBP %.....In a season where cheaters ran free, Big Frank was, well, Big Frank

Hurt at his best is and was something special, and I hope to God that he not only returns next year and finishes his career where he belongs, but also comes back for the playoffs and helps this team get a ring...It'd only be fair

To Big Frank :gulp:

Edit: If anyone has that July 2, 2003 game call on WAV or the game on tape for that matter, please let me know...I'd love to get it

pudge
07-30-2005, 03:35 AM
July 2, 2003 vs the Minnesota Twins. Frank Thomas went deep off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, but the best was yet to come for the Big Hurt that night. Thomas crushed one off of Twins' closer Eddie Guardado in the 12th inning to win the ballgame for the White Sox. I still remember Hawk's call..

Yeah of the modern day memories, that was the best. I still have the tape of that game.

Joosh
07-30-2005, 03:40 AM
July 2, 2003 vs the Minnesota Twins. Frank Thomas went deep off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, but the best was yet to come for the Big Hurt that night. Thomas crushed one off of Twins' closer Eddie Guardado in the 12th inning to win the ballgame for the White Sox. I still remember Hawk's call..

Wasn't that the, "High and deep, Waaaaaaay back." call where he sounded like he would hyperventilate?

If so, thats my favorite Hawk call.

halfpricemonday
07-30-2005, 04:17 AM
:threadrules:

I've only been a Chicagoan and Sox fan since 1999, so I never got to experience firsthand all those great moments of Frank's early career. But I can't help but think back to what those years must have been like as I recall one of Frank's first ABs this season against the Angels, when he hammered a pitch into foul territory with HR distance, and it definitely changed the way he was being pitched to. You could tell his reputation as one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball was still intact.

I'm envious of those fans who had the pleasure of welcoming Frank to the South Side and seeing in person exactly how he earned that reputation. I'm just glad I was able to be here in Chicago during that MVP year in 2000 for my first full season as a Sox fan.

Foulke You
07-30-2005, 04:27 AM
While I do have a ton of great Frank Thomas memories from the '90s, my favorite memory of Frank Thomas was on Opening Night to kick off the 2000 season. Frank was coming off a turbulant offseason and spring training to say the least. Hurt's injury shortened '99 season was the least productive in his career as he sported career worst numbers in HR and RBI. Spring Training arrived and Thomas, despite having doctor's orders not to run the shuttle drill got into a spat with manager Jerry Manuel who thought he was just dogging it. (Way to get your facts straight Jerry!) The Chicago media immediately took Maneul's side and was crucifying Frank Thomas on a daily basis while the steroid abusing Sosa could do no wrong.

Then came Opening Night on 4-14-2000 versus the Anaheim Angels, a game Foulke You had the pleasure of attending. The game was before an amped up packed house on a beautiful 72 degree April day in Chicago. Second baseman Ray Durham got the Sox out of 1st inning trouble with a spectacular diving catch. The bottom of the 1st inning was upon us and local mediots wondered if the home crowd would be booing the Big Hurt. The media had long been preaching the entire offseason and Spring Training that Thomas had overstayed his welcome in Chicago and that the "whiny baby" who didn't want to run shuttle drills should leave town since nobody, even Sox fans didn't like him anymore. BOY WERE THEY WRONG! Despite local sports mediots best smear campaign efforts...before Frank Thomas's name was completely uttered by Gene Honda, the sellout crowd of Sox fans rose to their feet in a standing ovation of support for Frank Thomas as he slowly entered the batter's box. The Big Hurt rewarded the crowd's support with a lineshot home run that lit up the scoreboard and sent the crowd into a frenzy. I honestly believe that Durham's catch and Frank's homer set the tone for the entire 2000 campaign. Frank, who featured his new Adres Gallaraga-esque open stance to adjust to inside pitches, went on to lead the 2000 Sox in almost every key offensive category and was the true 2000 MVP over steroid abuser Jason Giambi.

WSI founder George Bova wrote in his game notes from that 4/14/ 2000 Opening Night:

From this perch on a perfect June night, which through some freak of nature occurred on April 14 in Chicago, we watched one of the most wonderful games we've yet-witnessed at New Comiskey Park. It wasn't a playoff game or a division-clincher. It wasn't even a glorious victory over the Cubs. No, this game was special because we shared it with with over 39,000 other Sox fans who were there for the same reason we were -- to show support and appreciation for our Chicago White Sox...

...Ray Durham made a spectacular catch in the top of the first inning. In the bottom-half of the first, Frank Thomas got a terrific ovation from the fans, then lit the scoreboard with the first home run of the new season.

bobwsx
07-30-2005, 08:04 AM
All great memories!I don't know the date but, back when Seattle was awesome and Mike Jackson was one of there better guys out of the pen.I remember the BIG HURT hitting a grand slam off him.......This guy NEVER got the respect he deserved!!If he wouldn't have put his foot in his mouth so much he would have been like a Jordan or Payton in this city.By far the best hitter I've ever seen in Chicago.He truly was amazing in the 90's.I'm just glad I could say i saw him dominate.

Realist
07-30-2005, 08:36 AM
Aw crap. Now ya went and made me cry. :(:

Frankly Missing
07-30-2005, 08:50 AM
Frank has given us countless thrills at the plate. But another aspect of Frank that gets overlooked is what a great ambassidor of baseball and of the White Sox the big man is.

Ive been away from Chicago for 6 years. But once a month I take a junket somewhere for a 3 day series.

Frank always signs autographs on the field before a game and I've never seen him walk by a group of fans outside the bus after a game.

He is the biggest man in baseball for more than one reason.

jerry
07-30-2005, 09:23 AM
It is so true how the Chicago papers have always ripped Frank..Paulie gets a pass from them because of his big mouth, I could not stand the quotes in the papers after it was announced. Paulie sounded so insincere. Did anyone else notice that after every Frank hit a home run this year, Konerko, never met him at home plate..he always waited in the on deck circle. I love the Sox, love Frank, but can Konerko just play and keep his mouth shut...it is probably impossible.:(:

Realist
07-30-2005, 09:25 AM
Edit: If anyone has that July 2, 2003 game call on WAV or the game on tape for that matter, please let me know...I'd love to get it

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Ol' No. 2
07-30-2005, 09:29 AM
July 2, 2003 vs the Minnesota Twins. Frank Thomas went deep off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, but the best was yet to come for the Big Hurt that night. Thomas crushed one off of Twins' closer Eddie Guardado in the 12th inning to win the ballgame for the White Sox. I still remember Hawk's call..There are so many, but that one's forever etched in my memory. The place went absolutely nuts. My ears were ringing for 2 days.

Brian26
07-30-2005, 10:24 AM
Wasn't that the, "High and deep, Waaaaaaay back." call where he sounded like he would hyperventilate?

If so, thats my favorite Hawk call.

Yep. That's it. I was at the game too, and it was electric. I was able to tape the replay when I came home. Hawk's call was more like, "HIGHHHHH and Deeeep, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BACK, he look up...."

Frank had hit a ball down the leftfield line that went foul earlier in the count, so that added to the drama, in addition to the at-bat lasting 14 or 15 pitches.

:hawk
"Right size, wrong shape!"

ode to veeck
07-30-2005, 10:25 AM
I love the Sox, love Frank, but can Konerko just ...

Hey!, no hijacks in this sacred honorarium thread.

We wish you well Frank!

Brian26
07-30-2005, 10:28 AM
3. August 13, 1993 - Kansas City at Sox. The 1993 Western Division Championship was basically won on this Friday evening. The Royals were leading 4-2 in the last of the 8th inning. A Kansas City win would cut the Sox lead down to a game and a half. Kansas City wanted this game so badly that they brought in closer Jeff Montgomery, usually a 9th inning specialist early. Montgomery faced Thomas with two on and two out. He hung a slider that Frank ripped into the left field seats as a crowd of over 30,000 went crazy. The Sox led 5-4, it was the score they would win the game by. The Royals were now three and a half back. They never recovered.


The aspect I remember most of this particular homerun is that a hot summer-night-haze or fog had settled over the park. I'm not sure if it was from the heat, or fireworks going off earlier in the night, or maybe a combination of both...but Frank's homer into LCF just seemed to go into the foggy night.

harwar
07-30-2005, 11:33 AM
There is no way i could even narrow it down.The times that Frank Thomas has lifted up White sox fans into a state nearing nirvana,are indeed countless for me.
Frank has always been,and still is,my favorite major league baseball player.
I think that his great time to shine just might have been stripped away by the 1994 baseball strike.
He has been baited,hounded,and misquoted by both the national and local medias,but somehow he kept putting up the huge numbers despite the distractions both on and off the field.
I think that Frank Thomas is a man of great strength of body and character and is easily the best all-around hitter that i have seen in my 40 odd years of watching this great game.
I will miss him terribly during the playoffs because i do indeed believe that this is our year to shine in the sun and bask in the glory of a world championship.
The Big Hurt will be sorley missed by every single White sox fan,even the ones who don't like him.
They just don't know it yet.

voodoochile
07-30-2005, 11:58 AM
I don't have a lot to add to these memories other posters have shared. I too am literally sitting at my computer crying at the thought of the Big Man being forced into retirement much too soon.

I missed catching Frank's 400th by about 10 rows. Hangar was there that night. It was a very special moment, since I had purchased tickets that afternoon in the LF bleachers (where I never sit) specifically to be in that position.

Memories of Frank's individual at bats are not strong, though I do hold a special place in my heart for the previously mentioned long at bat and game winning HR against the Twinkies in June 2003.

Frank's 1994 season is one of the greats of all time. It is too bad it shares the spotlight with the greed of the owners and players.

Get well, Frank. If you get to play baseball and I get to see it one more time, I will consider myself doubly blessed. Watching your career has been a highlight of my life. You will always be my favorite Sox player. It is too bad your directness and inner strength were never understood in a game where cliche's are the norm and the media tries to generate controversy to sell newspapers. In any other city, you would be a God.

Still, whether you ever play baseball again, I hope you get well enough to play with your kids and have a healthy life. These things will always be more important than a kids game.

To Frank...:gulp:

TheOldRoman
07-30-2005, 12:10 PM
Frank's 2004 season is one of the greats of all time. It is too bad it shares the spotlight with the greed of the owners and players.

I believe you mean 1994. And yes, it was on pace to be one of the best seasons ever.

voodoochile
07-30-2005, 12:13 PM
I believe you mean 1994. And yes, it was on pace to be one of the best seasons ever.

Yeah, that's what I meant thanks... I fixed it...

RedHeadPaleHoser
07-30-2005, 12:28 PM
This post makes me smile and feel sad at the same time. However, based on how this season is going....and I'm going out on a limb with this....this might be the season. If that comes true, I get a weird feeling Frank, in spite of pain and doctor's orders, will be on the roster at the end of August. This guy is owed a WS ring more than anyone else in baseball right now, IMO. I can't shake the feeling he'd risk everything, even playing next year, for one shot at it. Feel free to disagree, but I mean all this.

MisterB
07-30-2005, 04:10 PM
My best memory of Frank isn't something he did in the field or the batter's box but rather from the on-deck circle.

On July 31st, 1991 (14 years ago tomorrow) Frank was in the on-deck circle when Robin Ventura hit his incredible, 2 out, 2 strike, game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 9th off of Texas reliver Goose Gossage. Frank was the first to greet every man as they crossed the plate and, before 35,000+ hysterical Sox fans, he hefted Ventura over his shoulder like a proud papa congratulating his son after getting the winning hit in a little league game.

Whenever the critics and haters start throwing the title 'clubhouse cancer' at the Big Hurt, all I have to do is recall that act of unadulterated joy and camaraderie and know that they're dead wrong.

Chisox003
07-30-2005, 04:23 PM
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Wow that's awesome, thanks a lot....

Definitely one of the BEST and most memorable points of all my years watching White Sox baseball...

You rule Hurt :gulp:

Pasqua's Posers
07-30-2005, 05:15 PM
Yeah of the modern day memories, that was the best. I still have the tape of that game.

i was sitting in a movie theatre parking lot in Orland Park waiting for my date to show up. I had the top down on my Jeep and was listening to the game. We were going to see Terminator 3, but I wouldn't leave until the Sox got done batting in their half of the inning. I remember Konerko hitting a blast to tie it in the nith, but the game winner was even better...

Gonna miss Frank....got one of his jerseys in the summer of 95 and still wear it to games...:(:

Madvora
07-30-2005, 05:58 PM
My best memory of Frank isn't something he did in the field or the batter's box but rather from the on-deck circle.

On July 31st, 1991 (14 years ago tomorrow) Frank was in the on-deck circle when Robin Ventura hit his incredible, 2 out, 2 strike, game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 9th off of Texas reliver Goose Gossage. Frank was the first to greet every man as they crossed the plate and, before 35,000+ hysterical Sox fans, he hefted Ventura over his shoulder like a proud papa congratulating his son after getting the winning hit in a little league game.

Whenever the critics and haters start throwing the title 'clubhouse cancer' at the Big Hurt, all I have to do is recall that act of unadulterated joy and camaraderie and know that they're dead wrong.
You beat me to it. That's the one Frank Thomas memory I will always have in my head, 1991! Oh my God! One of the greatest White Sox moments of all time. This would also qualify as my favorite Ventura memory!

jabrch
07-30-2005, 07:17 PM
How about opening day last year vs KC. Brian Anderson was on the hill. Frank had what was a proto-typical Frank AB. It went about 25 pitches long. Frank just kept fouling em off. Finally, Anderson lost him - and walked him.

No, it wasn't a long HR. The call from Hawk won't ring forever. The crowd cheered - but wasn't going wild. We didn't score a run. But that's what made Frank great to me. It wasn't the HRs - it was the ability to, do whatever it took to help the team - a base hit, a double, a 3 run HR, or even sometimes just a 25 pitch AB that culminated in a walk.

batmanZoSo
07-30-2005, 08:22 PM
I spent the evening reviewing tapes from long ago and of more recent vintage. I just wanted to refresh my memory about Frank Thomas and how good he really was when he was younger. I’m certainly not wishing him ill in the future, just that factually, given his age and the number of major injuries to that leg the chances do not appear good of him returning, at least with the Sox. Thomas himself was quoted today as saying that, and I’m paraphrasing here, if the ankle was broken again it would be a very difficult injury to recover from. (The quote was apparently aired on ESPN radio from an interview last week...)

So I wanted to remember the ‘best’ of Frank Thomas...not someone who because of circumstances beyond his control, wasn’t able to do what he once did, but him when he struck absolute fear into pitchers from Anaheim to New York and all points in between.

Call it the 'best' of Frank Thomas. Here’s what I came up with. What are yours???

In chronological order.

1. August 3, 1990 - Sox at Milwaukee. Thomas had actually made his major league debut the day before as part of a double header. He started his big league career by the way, wearing #15! But this game set the tone for things to come. In the 7th inning with the Sox trailing 1-0 Thomas drilled a Mark Knudson pitch deep to right center. Rob Deer slammed into the fence trying to make the catch, the ball just missed going out for a three run home run. Thomas wound up with a triple, and what turned out to be the game winning RBI’s in a 6-2 win. The Sox would go on to sweep Milwaukee in a five game set.

2. April 22, 1991 - Baltimore at Sox. The Sox were in a new home, the new Comiskey Park, and were having trouble. They lost two of three to Detroit and had yet to hit a home run in the new facility. Up stepped Thomas in the fifth inning with two men on. Facing him was ‘Big’ Ben McDonald. McDonald hung a breaking pitch. Thomas deposited it into the left center field seats for a three run home run. The first ever by a Sox player in the new park. The blast gave the Sox a 6-5 lead in a game they’d win 8-7.

3. August 13, 1993 - Kansas City at Sox. The 1993 Western Division Championship was basically won on this Friday evening. The Royals were leading 4-2 in the last of the 8th inning. A Kansas City win would cut the Sox lead down to a game and a half. Kansas City wanted this game so badly that they brought in closer Jeff Montgomery, usually a 9th inning specialist early. Montgomery faced Thomas with two on and two out. He hung a slider that Frank ripped into the left field seats as a crowd of over 30,000 went crazy. The Sox led 5-4, it was the score they would win the game by. The Royals were now three and a half back. They never recovered.

4. October 9, 1993 - Sox at Toronto. It was Game #4 of the LCS. Toronto led the series 2-1 and this game 3-2 in the 6th inning. They had knocked out Jason Bere early and were looking to put a stranglehold on this series. Thomas came up against Todd Stottlemyre with one out. With one swing Frank crushed a ball deep into the second deck at Skydome, just a tremendous blast that tied the game at three. The Sox would score two more runs in the inning and would win the game 7-4, tying the best of seven series at two games each. Thomas would be walked 10 times in the six game series which I think is still a record. That’s how much the Blue Jays staff feared getting beat by him. A fitting tribute to the A.L. MVP.

5. July 18, 1994 - Detroit at Sox. It was a wild game shown nationally on the short lived ‘The Baseball Network.’ With strike talk in the air the Sox stumbled out of the gate trailing 5-0 after an inning and a half. It was 9-5 in the 7th inning when Frank came up with the sacks full of Sox and Joe Boever on the mound. Joe tried to sneak a fastball by Thomas. Big mistake. It wound up bouncing off the metal hitters background in dead center field. The grand slam tied the game at nine. The Sox would win 10-9 in 13 innings. It was clutch hits like that, that led to Thomas being named unanimously, the A.L. MVP for the second time.

I have no idea what the future holds for Frank. If he is through, if he is at least through with the White Sox, then I consider myself fortunate to have watched one of the best hitters in baseball perform in his prime for the hometown team.

Lip

Great post Lip. Wow, most of those have sank into the oblivion of my memory, although I remember the homer in game 4 and jumping up and down in the living room when it happened. At that point, we tied the series and anything was possible. Too bad it was the last win we'd have that year.

I'm also surprised to see the grand slam to center listed there as I do remember that clear as day (as well as the Baseball Network, was it abc?), but haven't thought about it in years probably.

TimoandAaron
07-30-2005, 09:34 PM
There are so many, but that one's forever etched in my memory. The place went absolutely nuts. My ears were ringing for 2 days.i was watching the game at home and went nuts after Pk's Hr to tie it. I quote myself on this after PK was announced the pinch hitter in the 11th," O ****, THIS GAME IS OVER.......GOD DAMMIT!"



I was wrong.


Then in the next inning i saw Franks HR fly by the foul pole. I tell you that i never heard Hawks call that day. That night, i went to bed a happier kid.


The next morning i made sure i watched the replay of that game on Fox Sports net and made sure that i turned up the volume as loud as possible when PK was up and Frank was up.

after seeing Frank's shot sail out of the park, chills ran throughout my whole body, sorta like the chills that ran through my body the first, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and as many times as i hear the phrase "DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLESSSSSS................YES!!!!"


That night, i believed.

TimoandAaron
07-30-2005, 09:57 PM
i forget the date, but Frank's 2,000 hit was a long bomb over the bullpen in left field. At the game, the crowd went nuts and gave a long standing ovation with the number 2,000 on the LF scoreboard.

was that the Tori HUnter/Jamie Burke game or no?

Dibbs
07-30-2005, 09:58 PM
One game I will never forget is when Frank hit three homers in one game at Fenway in 1996 I believe. They were all off Tim Wakefield if I remember correctly.

Hosey22
07-31-2005, 01:26 AM
I've been a Big Hurt fan through it all, and defending the big man got to be tough at times. One of my favorite memories comes in the terrible 2002 season. Frank's average was down as he was rebounding from the torn triceps. It was late in the season and we were out of it. The crowd on that late august night was really down on Frank, and as I walked along the concourse back to me seat I heard his named announced, so I stopped behind the plate somewhere to watch his at-bat. The boo's poured down on Big Frank and I stood there clapping wildly. A guy next to me muttered "Still behind the big guy ehh?" I replied with I'll never be down on the Big Hurt only to turn and watch him smash a two-run bomb to deep left field. Of course the crowd went nuts, but I'll always remember the roughest of times to support the big man because I knew what a class-act great ballplayer he was.

I was also at the twins game when he hit the game-winner, but the game that I'll take away from that season was in mid-august, we had just lost about 5 in a row on the west coast and came home to a pretty decent crowd against the Anaheim Angels. We were being no-hit into the 7th I believe when Big-Frank stepped up with a man on and tied the game at 2 with a smash to right-center. He followed that up by in the bottom of the 9th Blasting another 2 run bomb down the left field line. I remember that especially because I was in the left center bleachers and couldn't tell whether the ball was foul or fair. And only way I figured it out was watchin the arms of every fan in left field go from completely still, to completely wild. Whether it be a random home-run or fifty foul balls followed by a walk, he was/is one of the best. God I hope we haven't seen the last of the Big Man.

dcoroni
07-31-2005, 06:05 AM
The Robin Ventura grand slam is my favorite moment not for what he did but, you could read his lips "YOU won the game, YOU won the game!" I will never forget that.
P.S.
I would love if this community would take out an add in the 'dare I say it' cubune to thank Frank for his time here! With the exception of Dennis Savard who else deserves it?
Dan O

mrwag
07-31-2005, 07:18 AM
My best memory of Frank isn't something he did in the field or the batter's box but rather from the on-deck circle.

On July 31st, 1991 (14 years ago tomorrow) Frank was in the on-deck circle when Robin Ventura hit his incredible, 2 out, 2 strike, game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 9th off of Texas reliver Goose Gossage. Frank was the first to greet every man as they crossed the plate and, before 35,000+ hysterical Sox fans, he hefted Ventura over his shoulder like a proud papa congratulating his son after getting the winning hit in a little league game.

Whenever the critics and haters start throwing the title 'clubhouse cancer' at the Big Hurt, all I have to do is recall that act of unadulterated joy and camaraderie and know that they're dead wrong.
I was going to mention this too. That image will be etched in my brain forever.

jerry
07-31-2005, 10:11 AM
Wade Boggs had a nice quote about Frank in the Sun-Times today. He called Frank a "Gentile Giant" and said his batting eye was second to none. I remember the many home runs hit by Frank that others have so eloquently spoken about here. I remember the many long at bats waiting for his pitch to hit and driving the ball into right center field for a double. Also the walks...he was always on base, 1,460+ walks. He just passed Willie Mays on the all time list. I just hope the Sox bring him back. He needs to end his career with us, not another team. I know it is important to him, but it is just as important to me and I am sure all Sox fans.

mccombe_35
07-31-2005, 04:05 PM
Great thread guys. I remember every moment mentioned. Glad others do too...

By far my favorite player of all time.

I was watching the game on TV as a kid when Frank hit that triple just over Deer's glove, lucky enough to be at the park for Frank's 400th, & the last time I saw Frank swing a bat live it was July 5th - a 3 run bomb in the 8th against TB to give the Sox a 1 run lead & the win...

Don't know if I've seen his last game in a Sox uniform or if his career is done. Either way, thanks for all the great memories Frank.

:gulp:

TimoandAaron
07-31-2005, 06:47 PM
Great thread guys. I remember every moment mentioned. Glad others do too...

By far my favorite player of all time.

I was watching the game on TV as a kid when Frank hit that triple just over Deer's glove, lucky enough to be at the park for Frank's 400th, & the last time I saw Frank swing a bat live it was July 5th - a 3 run bomb in the 8th against TB to give the Sox a 1 run lead & the win...

Don't know if I've seen his last game in a Sox uniform or if his career is done. Either way, thanks for all the great memories Frank.

:gulp:my last games with frank playing. Against the Tigers when he hit the 8th inning bomb when the crowd was already going crazy from the 7th. And like you too, July fifth.

SOXSINCE'70
07-31-2005, 07:15 PM
My best memory of Frank isn't something he did in the field or the batter's box but rather from the on-deck circle.

On July 31st, 1991 (14 years ago tomorrow) Frank was in the on-deck circle when Robin Ventura hit his incredible, 2 out, 2 strike, game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 9th off of Texas reliver Goose Gossage. Frank was the first to greet every man as they crossed the plate and, before 35,000+ hysterical Sox fans, he hefted Ventura over his shoulder like a proud papa congratulating his son after getting the winning hit in a little league game.

Whenever the critics and haters start throwing the title 'clubhouse cancer' at the Big Hurt, all I have to do is recall that act of unadulterated joy and camaraderie and know that they're dead wrong.

Frank hit a solo bomb (and I mean bomb) off Kenny Rogers to get the
Sox within 2 (8-6) in the 6th inning of that game.The ball just screamed off
his bat.Dear God,he hit that ball a mile into the Sox old bullpen.:cool:

Deadguy
08-01-2005, 01:42 AM
Game Highlights (http://switchboard.real.com/player/email.html?PV=6.0.12&&title=Plays%20of%20the%20Game%20%2D%207%2F2%3A%20M innesota%20Twins%20%40%20Chicago%20White%20Sox&link=rtsp%3A%2F%2Fa592.v108693.c10869.g.vr.akamais tream.net%2Fondemand%2F7%2F592%2F10869%2Fv0001%2Fm lb.download.akamai.com%2F10869%2***b%2Fopen%2F2003 %2Fpog%2Fvideo%2Farchive07%2Fdemand%2F070203%5Fmin cha%5Fpog%5F300.rm%3Fct1%3Dmlb)

Thank you for that. Whisox.com used to have game highlights for the 2003 season, but those have vanished. Anyway to download this onto my PC, or find on-line footage of his 2,000th hit (August 4?) or the game winner against the Angels (August 18).

Chrisaway
08-01-2005, 03:28 AM
Frank Thomas is the reason I'm a sox fan. I've idolized him since I first saw him play. If this the last time we've seen him don the silver and black, then a small part of me has died.

Oh and one of my favorite memories of Frank was July 27th 2003 (my 23rd birthday). The Sox were playing the mighty Devil Rays and I was in attendance. I wasnt having a great day for personal reasons but the Sox were putting a spanking on their opponents. In an attempt to make myself feel better, I stood up and put my hand over my heart for Frank's 2nd or 3rd AB (something I used to always do when he batted when I was younger). Frank gave me a 360+ft bday present over the left field fence and my no longer bummed ass screamed "Thank you GOD!!!".

SoxFan76
08-01-2005, 05:30 PM
I was at the game against the Angels where I think...Jarrod Washburn started and the Sox were being no-hit. This was in '03. Valentin breaks up the no hitter with a solo shot to tie the game (I think). Bottom of the 10th? Frank Thomas lines one around the left field foul poul, and the place goes NUTS. Every person there was giving high fives, people you didn't know, it didn't matter. Everybody in the place was singing Sweet Home Chicago. Just one of those great times to be at a baseball game.

This year I was actually there on Memorial Day when Frank came back. The ovation he got was awesome.

Lip Man 1
08-01-2005, 05:42 PM
I think it was Frank who hit both home runs that day...could be wrong though.

Lip

VeeckAsInWreck
08-01-2005, 05:57 PM
Although the 1995 season was a forgettable one for Sox fans, there was one bright spot.

Frank Thomas winning the HR derby in Texas and the following night hitting a HR off John Smiley to become the first player in franchise history to hit a homer in the AS game.

I became a full fledged Sox fan in 1990 and was glad that Frank came along at that time. I get the feeling that we'll see him at the park in '06. Perhaps receiving a World Series ring on Opening Day.

Cowhead418
08-01-2005, 06:23 PM
As much as I like seeing this thread it makes me quite sad. I was born at the time Thomas became a member of the Chicago White Sox and therefore missed his great seasons (even 2000):(:. I never really became a full fledged Sox fan until a few years ago so I am sad to say that I have missed out on a lot. Is there anyway possible I could still see the 1993, 1994, and 2000 seasons?

NWSox
08-02-2005, 02:19 AM
I just hope that as more players are exposed as frauds (e.g., Palmiero), people will appreciate his career more. Even though we all know differently, I think he will have difficulty getting into the HOF. The wacky stats that exist for many of his juiced up peers mask Frank's all-around greatness as a hitter. Plus, I firmly believe players like Bonds and Palmiero have avoided the types of injuries that have slowed Frank in recent years because of their steriod use, yet Frank will be punished by HOF voters because his career stats don't measure up. It's a shame.

Sox Blue 69-70
08-02-2005, 04:34 AM
3. August 13, 1993 - Kansas City at Sox. The 1993 Western Division Championship was basically won on this Friday evening. The Royals were leading 4-2 in the last of the 8th inning. A Kansas City win would cut the Sox lead down to a game and a half. Kansas City wanted this game so badly that they brought in closer Jeff Montgomery, usually a 9th inning specialist early. Montgomery faced Thomas with two on and two out. He hung a slider that Frank ripped into the left field seats as a crowd of over 30,000 went crazy. The Sox led 5-4, it was the score they would win the game by. The Royals were now three and a half back. They never recovered.

Lip

Great post, Lip! I remember your #3 well, nice to relive it again in the mind's eye. That one was huge, as to me the Royals were the real threat to the Sox winning the division that year, rather than the bumbling Rangers.

I also remember (and still have the tape of it to remind me) Frank blowing open a tight game against Seattle in (June?) 1991 with a late inning grand slam off Mike Jackson, to straight-away center field. I think it was on a full count. Regardless a great at-bat for Frank, who battled and finally got the pitch he was looking for. Good memories.

Madvora
08-02-2005, 10:04 AM
One great memory I have is just from this year and it's probably not too exciting to most people. Frank's bottom of the 8th pinch hit walk against the Dodgers on 6/19 that lead to a White Sox winner.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-050619soxgamer,1,4984505.story?coll=cs-whitesox-navigation
The rally started with pinch-hitter Frank Thomas, who received a long and loud standing ovation from the 27,350 fans, drawing a walk. Pablo Ozuna pinch-ran and got to second base when Scott Podsednik's sacrifice bunt was thrown wide of first by catcher Jason Phillips.

Willie Harris then sacrificed the runners to second and third before Rowand's sharp single to left scored both of them.