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Jjav829
01-25-2006, 03:23 PM
ESPNEWS just had a report from Buster Olney that Frank is close to signing with the A's. Not a big surprise, but apparently it's near completion now rather that just a rumor.

SOXintheBURGH
01-25-2006, 03:24 PM
I just can't picture him wearing green and yellow. I refuse to do so until it finally happens. :(:

Corlose 15
01-25-2006, 03:26 PM
Its gonna be tough to watch the big fella in those damn white shoes. :(:

patbooyah
01-25-2006, 03:27 PM
i guess i finally have an excuse to drive up to that garbage bag of a stadium.

sullythered
01-25-2006, 03:27 PM
Though I really don't wanna see Hurt in white high-tops, it's good to see him catch on, and I only wish him the best. We'll miss ya, big guy.

MUsoxfan
01-25-2006, 03:29 PM
I just can't picture him wearing green and yellow.


It'll look something like this.....


http://www.achievement.org/achievers/may0/large/may0-031.jpg


That's a sad picture, much like any picture of Frank in an A's uni will look

Stoky44
01-25-2006, 03:29 PM
Link:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916

CHISOXFAN13
01-25-2006, 03:30 PM
Though I really don't wanna see Hurt in white high-tops, it's good to see him catch on, and I only wish him the best. We'll miss ya, big guy.

Agreed. I hope he does well and improves his case for the HOF so he can wear a Sox hat in Cooperstown.

SOecks
01-25-2006, 03:31 PM
Oakland. The Score just reported he passed his physical. I'm sad now...:whiner:

HotelWhiteSox
01-25-2006, 03:31 PM
May 22nd will be his return, everybody better be on their damn feet or I'll hunt you down

Jjav829
01-25-2006, 03:31 PM
It'll look something like this.....


http://www.achievement.org/achievers/may0/large/may0-031.jpg


That's a sad picture, much like any picture of Frank in an A's uni will look

Or even worse...

http://espn.starwave.com/i/magazine/new/jordan_wizards.jpg

:o::whiner:

At least I have another reason to watch the A's, besides watching Rich Harden dominate.

Stoky44
01-25-2006, 03:33 PM
May 22nd will be his return, everybody better be on their damn feet or I'll hunt you down


Let' s hope Frank can stand on his own feet. On unbroken ankles.

Hangar18
01-25-2006, 03:37 PM
http://www.achievement.org/achievers/may0/large/may0-031.jpg


That's a sad picture, much like any picture of Frank in an A's uni will look

Thats a very good looking Met uniform. Still cant understand HOW/WHY they changed into that Horrid, unmatched outfit they wear now. It will be very strange to see Big Frank in an A uniform

MUsoxfan
01-25-2006, 03:39 PM
Thats a very good looking Met uniform.

Yes, but that's a very bad looking Willie Mays in that uniform

shaunburnette
01-25-2006, 03:40 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916

Tekijawa
01-25-2006, 03:40 PM
I got worried there for a minute and thought that Neal Anderson would be playing for the A's next year!

rdwj
01-25-2006, 03:46 PM
I just heard it on the most recent update.

Not much of a shock - 1 year lots of incentives

Baby Fisk
01-25-2006, 03:47 PM
http://www.gay.hr/slike/opsirno/slika51.jpg
"Anakin! You were the chosen one!"

Unregistered
01-25-2006, 03:48 PM
I hope Frank does well playing in obscurity. I really want him to hit that 500 HR plateau.

Either way, this sure beats the hell out of him signing with the Twins.

Madvora
01-25-2006, 03:58 PM
Now Frank will be the reason why we can't beat the A's.

SoxFan78
01-25-2006, 04:07 PM
Im getting sick of all these reporters saying Frank Thomas career was tainted cause of the bad attitude he had.

HE WAS A FAN FAVORITE AND ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS EVER ON THE WHITE SOX!!!!

This is really hard to deal with. Its like seeing your ex girlfriend with some other guy.

Hopefully the other guy turns out to be really ugly.

MasQbellesa
01-25-2006, 04:11 PM
The Oakland Athletics (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=oak) and longtime Chicago White Sox (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=cha) slugger Frank Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4527) are on the verge of agreeing to a deal, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Wednesday.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

Madvora
01-25-2006, 04:13 PM
This is really hard to deal with. Its like seeing your ex girlfriend with some other guy.
I've had time to get over the fact that he won't be with the Sox anymore, so I'm glad to see this. He's not in our division, so that's good, plus we get to see him play again, I'm excited about that.
I'll be there in May when Oakland comes to town. He's going to get a hell of an ovation.

I checked out the official A's board expecting to see a lot of compalints about Thomas being old and complaining about his "attitude," but almost all of the posts I read were positive. People seem to love it.

Unregistered
01-25-2006, 04:15 PM
I'll be there in May when Oakland comes to town. He's going to get a hell of an ovation.Let's hope he's still healthy by then... :praying:

delben91
01-25-2006, 04:18 PM
Can't say this surprises me. Hope he does well there...so long as the Sox still win when they play the A's.

Here's to you Frank. :gulp:

PAPChiSox729
01-25-2006, 04:18 PM
:whiner:

This is a sad day for me. Oh well.

Here is the best of luck to Big Frank!
:gulp:

(except against the Sox, of course)

kraut83
01-25-2006, 04:31 PM
My dislike for the A's is rivaled by few teams, and I still wish them a distant 4th in the West...That being said, I hope Frank goes .300/40/100. Here's to you Frank: :gulp:

Arkham
01-25-2006, 04:37 PM
I wish I hadn't read this. I really wish I hadn't gone and looked at an A's board and seen this:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c351/r84x/thomasA.jpg

Not cool. I still can't wish anything bad on him though. Best of luck to ya, Frank.

Jaffar
01-25-2006, 04:42 PM
I just heard it on the radio with a press conference expected tomorrow.

gobears1987
01-25-2006, 04:43 PM
:whiner::whiner::whiner:

Unregistered
01-25-2006, 04:43 PM
I wish I hadn't read this. I really wish I hadn't gone and looked at an A's board and seen this:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c351/r84x/thomasA.jpg

Not cool. I still can't wish anything bad on him though. Best of luck to ya, Frank.Yeah, sorry Frank - that looks like ****.

IlliniSox4Life
01-25-2006, 04:45 PM
I just heard it on the radio with a press conference expected tomorrow.


http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916



Not what I expected from White Sox Wednesday.

Rocky Soprano
01-25-2006, 04:46 PM
Good Luck Old Friend.
You will be missed.

SoxFan76
01-25-2006, 04:54 PM
:whiner:

I can't believe it. Tell me I'm dreaming.

There goes the greatest White Sox hitter I will probably ever see.

Chisox003
01-25-2006, 04:56 PM
:(:

Lip Man 1
01-25-2006, 04:59 PM
Good for Frank. I hope he stays healthy and does well.

Remember when he goes to the Hall of Fame he'll be wearing a Sox hat regardless of what Billy Beane wants!

Lip

Mots09
01-25-2006, 05:02 PM
I agree w/ Lip. I wish the Big Man good luck, but the Sox needed to cover themselves.

They were extremely fair to him while he was hurt, and just had to make a move. He will be missed though.

IlliniSox4Life
01-25-2006, 05:04 PM
It's sad when a thread about #35 has to be in Talking Baseball.

Jerome
01-25-2006, 05:09 PM
On paper, this along with the addition of Bradley should make the A's meager offense of last year a lot better. We all know the games aren't played on paper, but I think this is a solid move for the A's. Frank had a great month or whatever last year when he was healthy enough to swing a bat.

Ventura Fan 23
01-25-2006, 05:11 PM
This is official now, guys:
http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20060125&content_id=1300764&vkey=pr_oak&fext=.jsp&c_id=oak

It's so sad seeing him officially under contract with another team. I honestly do hope he does well though.

SoxFan76
01-25-2006, 05:19 PM
It's sad when a thread about #35 has to be in Talking Baseball.

I know, I kinda wish this could be moved to the Clubhouse...

WinOrDyeTrying
01-25-2006, 05:35 PM
Link:
http://www.suntimes.com/output/sports/thomas25.html

PicktoCLick72
01-25-2006, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the memories Big Hurt.

JermaineDye05
01-25-2006, 05:37 PM
damn i knew it was inevitable i still didnt want it to happen best of luck big guy :(:

SoxFan76
01-25-2006, 05:39 PM
Come on man, it's the first thread on the screen.

JoeItalia7
01-25-2006, 05:39 PM
Yep i just heard it on the news

ondafarm
01-25-2006, 05:50 PM
This is like heaven!!! My job moves me to the penninsula and my favorite player signs with the local team. Now, if I could just marry Claudia Schiffer and find a decent Chicago style pizza place !!!!

jamokes
01-25-2006, 05:54 PM
Good luck to Frank......but his better days are behind him, way behind him now.

soxfan26
01-25-2006, 06:00 PM
All the best to you Frank, I hope you get to play as many more seasons as you like. We'll see you in Cooperstown. :gulp:

voodoochile
01-25-2006, 06:00 PM
Good luck to Frank......but his better days are behind him, way behind him now.

Only if he cannot stay healthy. He proved last year he is still a formidable presence when his foot isn't broken.

Deuce
01-25-2006, 06:01 PM
Good for him... though it bums me out to no end.

Link (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-athletics-thomas&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Deuce

StockdaleForVeep
01-25-2006, 06:07 PM
Its official per yahoo sports news

Ugh...i just envision a bigger blacker version of Matt stairs in a throwback jersey.....gonna be hard on the eyes. I wonder if they even carry his size

Ol' No. 2
01-25-2006, 06:09 PM
Only if he cannot stay healthy. He proved last year he is still a formidable presence when his foot isn't broken.I really hope he can...but I doubt it. The accumulated wear and tear is catching up to him. It sucks, but it happens to all of them - big ones generally sooner, and they don't come much bigger. I doubt he has more than 300-400 AB left in him.

Arkham
01-25-2006, 06:12 PM
AP is reporting that the contract is only guaranteed for $500K, though it could be raised as much as $2.6M more if he stays healthy and produces. I know WHY we couldn't get him, I'm not criticizing, but there wasn't any team in the AL willing to pay more?

RealFan
01-25-2006, 06:12 PM
Well - no real surprise here. It will "hurt" to see Big Frank in another uniform. But life goes on. :smile:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb

Dan Mega
01-25-2006, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the memories Frank. You are still one of the greatest ever. I will cheer for you when Oakland comes to town.

WoogSox
01-25-2006, 06:17 PM
Another addition for Oakland that will lend to our tough times against them. I sure hope he gets to play for 10 more years. We will miss you Frank!!

MUsoxfan
01-25-2006, 06:18 PM
AP is reporting that the contract is only guaranteed for $500K, though it could be raised as much as $2.6M more if he stays healthy and produces. I know WHY we couldn't get him, I'm not criticizing, but there wasn't any team in the AL willing to pay more?

74 G in '04
34 G in '05

Anything more than what he got would be a real lot for a DH that played 108 total games in the last 2 years. I hope he can play 162 games this year and tear the cover off the ball

paciorek1983
01-25-2006, 06:21 PM
Hoefully he'll hit #500, go in to the HOF w a Sox cap on. It will be weird to see him in another uniform for sure. I'll never forget how much Hawk and Wimpy used to talk about him before he ever got to the Sox.

ShoelessJoeS
01-25-2006, 06:22 PM
I guess it was going to happen sooner than later. Thanks for everything Big Frank!!! You'll always be my favorite White Sox player of all time, and I hope you finally get to 500 to officially stamp your ticket to the Hall :gulp:

MarySwiss
01-25-2006, 06:23 PM
I'm not surprised...but I'm really sorry to hear this. I was hoping the Sox could sign him to an incentives-laden contract.

NOTE TO THE A's: MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS!!!!! Also, BITE ME. :mad:

likeawarlord
01-25-2006, 06:23 PM
with any luck the league will fold before opening day and we'll all be spared the agony of seeing him in green and yellow.

LongLiveFisk
01-25-2006, 06:24 PM
It will be tough to see the big man in another uniform, but I would rather see that than him retire. Good for you, Frank, and good luck (except when the A's play our Sox, of course)! :gulp:

illini81887
01-25-2006, 06:26 PM
Stupid Indian fan said he was a clubhouse cancer

DaleJRFan
01-25-2006, 06:28 PM
Stupid Indian fan said he was a clubhouse cancer

:?: So were Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez when they were Indians. Who Cares what Indians fans say??

Mark
01-25-2006, 06:31 PM
...in 2006.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AqvXPg2xMurbpI5r8HA3t5E5nYcB?slug=ap-athletics-thomas&prov=ap&type=lgns

Arkham
01-25-2006, 06:38 PM
74 G in '04
34 G in '05

Anything more than what he got would be a real lot for a DH that played 108 total games in the last 2 years. I hope he can play 162 games this year and tear the cover off the ball.

Still, if he doesn't make any of the minimums in his contract, all Oakland's lost is that $500K, rookie money. Even for the cheapskate A's, that's less than 1% of their major league payroll. Meanwhile, if he stays healthy, he's easily going to be worth the $3.1M the contract maxes out it.

StepsInSC
01-25-2006, 06:38 PM
I've been dreading this day for over a decade...

'Scuse me while I need to be alone.

FarWestChicago
01-25-2006, 06:38 PM
find a decent Chicago style pizza place !!!!Here (http://www.google.com/local?hl=en&hs=byY&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=pachees&near=Palo+Alto,+CA&sa=X&oi=locald&radius=0.0&latlng=37441944,-122141944,3966838862409260) is is.

Arkham
01-25-2006, 06:42 PM
(deleted since this has already been said in the merged thread)

DumpJerry
01-25-2006, 06:55 PM
:KW
"Say, Billy B., have I told you about this California kid we have? He hits the ball over 500 feet. Really. He's got many years ahead of him. Tell you what, a one-for-one trade him for that Frank Thomas guy you have and we'll eat the kid's salary to make it even. I think you'll like him. He will be playing for you long after Thomas is in the Hall of, I mean, is retired and forgotten by anyone who ever saw him."

"Hello Joe Borchard? You're going home to Oakland, it's near Stanford-that's where we first saw you. Don't break any light towers."

Hey big guy, good luck in Oakland, be gentle when we play you.:whiner:
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SouthSide_HitMen
01-25-2006, 06:58 PM
Final White Sox Numbers:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/thomafr04.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/thomafr04.shtml)

1959 G 6956 AB .307 BA .427 OBP .568 SLG, 3949 total bases, 448 HR, 2136 H, 1466 BB, 1165 K

2 MVP Awards (1993 & 1994)

Led American League in OPS, OBP & BB 4 seasons

Led American League in Slugging %, Games, Runs, Doubles and Batting Average 1 season

White Sox Club Totals

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/leaders_bat.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/leaders_bat.shtml)

All time White Sox career leader in:

OBP .427
SLG .568
OPS .995
Runs 1327
Total Bases 3949
Doubles 447
Home Runs 448
RBI 1465
BB 1466
K 1165
Runs Created 1700
Extra Base Hits 906
Sac Flies 109
IBB 162
GIDP 189
HR per AB 15.5

Games, ABs & Hits - 3rd most career (1959, 6956, 2136) behind Appling & Fox.

Single Season Marks

Batting Average 6th (.353 1994) & 9th (.349 1996)

OBP - 5 of top 10 seasons including best ever .487 in 1994.

Slugging - 6 of top 7 club marks including best season .729 in 1994.

OPS - 7 of top 10 marks including best season mark 1.217.

Total Bases - 4 of top 9 seasons

Home Runs - 6 of top 10 seasons

http://www.thediamondangle.com/archive/may02/whitesox/frank4.jpg

Frank Thomas with rebar

http://www.homeruncards.com/imagesrc/thomastp.jpg

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps Rookie Mint


Old days, good times I remember.
Fun days filled with simple pleasures.
Drive-in movies, comic books and blue jeans,Howdy Doody.
Baseball cards and birthdays take me back to a world gone away.
Memories seem like yesterday.

Old days, good times I remember.
Gold days, days I'll always treasure.
Funny faces full of love and laughter.
Funny places, summer nights and streetcars take me back to a world gone away.
Boyhood memories seem like yesterday.

doublem23
01-25-2006, 07:01 PM
http://www.homeruncards.com/imagesrc/thomastp.jpg

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps Rookie Mint


I have that card.

Wow, this hurts more than when Robin left, and he was my favorite player.

Good luck in Oakland, Frank! I'm glad you got the ring you deserved. See you in Cooperstown, Mr. White Sox.

:whiner:

maurice
01-25-2006, 07:11 PM
:whiner:

MLB (http://whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060125&content_id=1300724&vkey=news_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws).com article.

SouthSide_HitMen
01-25-2006, 07:19 PM
I have a feeling the May 22 ticket will be a hotter ticket than the silly 3 game interleague series against the Cubs May 19-21.

Frank Thomas Returns May 22 in a 7:05 PM game against the Oakland Athletics.


World Series Ring Presentation
Possible Frank Thomas Night?
Possible Number Retirement Ceremony?

BNLSox
01-25-2006, 07:19 PM
What a sad day, and what a steal for the A's. It looks like Frank just really wanted an opportunity to play taking that joke of a contract. Even if he never swings the bat I bet he generates 500,000 for the A's in other ways.... Too bad we just didnt have the space for him anymore.

Now if he is healthy, man the A's have a decent shot at the west and are not a team I want to play. Here's to hoping he's actually done playing and this doesn't work out.

Ron Karkovice
01-25-2006, 07:24 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916

Fenway
01-25-2006, 07:25 PM
a fan on one of the Oakland boards summed it up best

If he remains healthy, this could be the steal of the century.

http://oakball.net/forums/viewthread.php?tid=5479

Arkham
01-25-2006, 07:27 PM
So, cruising A's boards and blogs, reaction from Oakland fans seems to be pretty much a universal positive. The few dissenters are being shouted down. Not really surprising, I suspect. In my experience, west coast fans tend to be optimistic to the point of idiocy, but this tidbit from http://athleticsnation.com was a bit odd, though:

Thomas has a reputation of being a good clubhouse presence and someone who is a good leader. While I don't usually put a lot of stock into these "reputations", I firmly believe that Frank Thomas will have a positive impact on the A's clubhouse, and could even counteract any problems that may have arisen from the acquisition of Milton Bradley.

Eh? I thought Frank's 'reputation' was as a clubhouse cancer. I've always thought that was bull, but it's what seemed to be repeated.

wsox3505
01-25-2006, 07:29 PM
Wow. ALthough I knew this was coming for a while now, I just got the chills after finding out the news.

Frank was a big reason why this 13 year old kid in New Jersey started following and loving the wsox in 1991. Here's to you Frank. . . .good luck in Oakland and in getting into the HOF. Maybe I'll be there.

Go White Sox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tlebar318
01-25-2006, 07:30 PM
Good luck Big Hurt! We will miss you-:(:

EndemicSox
01-25-2006, 07:31 PM
Here's to Frank hitting .330 with 30 homers next season...:gulp:

I was selfishly hoping we would retire before the roided up sluggers hurt his HOF chances. NEvertheless, the HOF voters know what Frank accomplished in his prime, at least they better.

tlebar318
01-25-2006, 07:32 PM
Here's to hoping he's actually done playing and this doesn't work out.

Huh?:?:
That's real nice...

y2j2785
01-25-2006, 07:32 PM
Just saw his pic on Sportsnite in an A's Hat :whiner:

Edward
01-25-2006, 07:35 PM
Never posted here before, but im a daily reader and this just came across the wire, didnt see it posted and figured it was kinda big news.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916

SOecks
01-25-2006, 07:37 PM
Welcome. Get ready for this thread to be moved to Talking Baseball as mine and every one else's thread has. Kind of sad that a Frank Thomas post now doesn't belong in The Clubhouse but i guess we need to get used to it.

Pureone
01-25-2006, 07:38 PM
All of the sudden I feel really sick... :(:

rwcescato
01-25-2006, 07:42 PM
All of the sudden I feel really sick... :(:

I have an empty feeling in my stomach. He is a long time favorite for me. I only wish Frank the best and I hope he hits his 500th HR that he wants.
Who knows maybe as he gets closer to 500 the Sox could trade for him and he will hit it in a Sox uniform. Good luck Big Hurt, I am rooting for you.
Rich

Fuller_Schettman
01-25-2006, 07:42 PM
Finally! Good news for us Bay Area folks!!

Guess we will see Frank in the ALCS....

salty99
01-25-2006, 07:45 PM
All I have to say is Good Luck Frank and thanks for the memories.

SOX ADDICT '73
01-25-2006, 07:50 PM
All of the sudden I feel really sick... :(:
This really shouldn't come as a shock. Oakland was the only team seriously looking at Frank from day one. I fully expected him to sign an incentive-laden deal with the Athletics since shortly after the Sox passed on him.

Now, if Thomas were suddenly going to the Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals, or Cubs, that would make me a little sick...

thomas35forever
01-25-2006, 07:52 PM
Just saw his pic on Sportsnite in an A's Hat :whiner:

Yeah, so did I. It's so weird seeing him wear another team's cap. Oh well. We all knew it was coming, but I really didn't want him to sign with the A's. It's a shame we have to face him in the house of pain aka McAfee Colesium. Thanks for the memories, Frank.

SOXintheBURGH
01-25-2006, 07:54 PM
First Lemieux and now this. :whiner:

At least Frank still will have some ABs left in him, as opposed to Mario.

I foresee an emotional return to the Cell similar to when Emmitt Smith played his first game for the Cardinals at Dallas.

Scottiehaswheels
01-25-2006, 08:06 PM
I have a feeling the May 22 ticket will be a hotter ticket than the silly 3 game interleague series against the Cubs May 19-21.

Frank Thomas Returns May 22 in a 7:05 PM game against the Oakland Athletics.


World Series Ring Presentation
Possible Frank Thomas Night?
Possible Number Retirement Ceremony?

Took a peek on stubhub when the rumors started flying about Thomas signing with the A's.... A bunch of tix on there have jumped up about $15-20 since it became official....

Wimpy
01-25-2006, 08:06 PM
Big Frank is my favorite baseball player of all time. I was 12 years old when he came up to the bigs and I was amazed with the way he swung the bat. The way he would double at will in the right center gap as a rookie was a thing of beauty. I was always a Sox fan as a child but he made me obsessed with the Sox. I am so pissed off that his reputation became a bad one in the late 90s. He could have owned this town. I am also pissed that Frank did not get to be a part of the great playoff run. I know he will get a ring, but it just doesn't feel right because he wasn't out there playing. Man, I wish he was healthy for October.
Here's to you Big Man. We will miss you so much. Best of Luck.

cheeses_h_rice
01-25-2006, 08:36 PM
Any way the mods could change the thread title to make it definite? I didn't even read that Frank had signed with the A's until just now, and that was only because I was idly clicking different threads for the heck of it.

tlebar318
01-25-2006, 08:40 PM
Just saw it as "official" on Yahoo Sports--
500,000 with incentives at certain at bats levels for the year

MikeKreevich
01-25-2006, 08:59 PM
Good luck Big Hurt!

Red Barchetta
01-25-2006, 09:04 PM
Official?! Can you point us to the press release and details?

maurice
01-25-2006, 09:04 PM
This has to be some kind of record. Y'all really have the mods working overtime.
:rolleyes:

Wsoxmike59
01-25-2006, 09:04 PM
http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060125&content_id=1300724&vkey=news_oak&fext=.jsp&c_id=oak

Good luck and Good Health Big Frank. You had a great career with us, I only wish that he could've finished it on the Southside of Chicago.

MikeKreevich
01-25-2006, 09:05 PM
Link http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=1541859

itsnotrequired
01-25-2006, 09:06 PM
Maybe he'll wear black shoes when the Sox play the A's.

Red Barchetta
01-25-2006, 09:10 PM
Thanks for the links.

Good luck Frank! You were the best SOX hitter ever - period!

I hope you have a great season and we meet up in the ALCS. Stay healthy, improve your Hall Of Fame statistics and we will have a retired jersey and statue waiting for your return to the Cell when you hang up the spikes!

:smile:

1951Campbell
01-25-2006, 09:11 PM
Goodbye Frank, and thanks for all the memories.

Best of luck.

Scottiehaswheels
01-25-2006, 09:14 PM
Thanks for the links.

Good luck Frank! You were the best SOX hitter ever - period!

I hope you have a great season and we meet up in the ALCS. Stay healthy, improve your Hall Of Fame statistics and we will have a retired jersey and statue waiting for your return to the Cell when you hang up the spikes!

:smile:

And perhaps a hitting coach job as well..?????

Hitmen77
01-25-2006, 09:15 PM
Best of luck to the Big Hurt (except when he's playing the Sox:smile: ).

However, without the benefit of hindsight, I think KW made the right decision in going with Jim Thome at DH this season over Frank Thomas.

DenverSock
01-25-2006, 09:28 PM
He's gone, get over it. He'll always be remebered on the Southside as one of the greatest Sox ever. But let's look to the future, and more championships.

:tomatoaward

RedHeadPaleHoser
01-25-2006, 09:33 PM
Best of luck Frank!!!!!! We WILL miss you.

NeverForget42
01-25-2006, 09:41 PM
now it's going to be even harder to beat the A's

Red Barchetta
01-25-2006, 09:42 PM
He's gone, get over it. He'll always be remebered on the Southside as one of the greatest Sox ever. But let's look to the future, and more championships.

:tomatoaward

If we're crying about in come July, I see your point. Less than 12 hours after the press release, I don't think we need to "Get Over" anything. Jeesh....:mad:

Arkham
01-25-2006, 09:51 PM
Heh. Found this on a Mariner-fan blog:
Someone please explain how Oakland can sign Frank Thomas with a base salary that is 1/8th of Carl Everett's.

:fobbgod:
"I'm a genius, obviously."

Or, y'know, Bavasi's an idiot. *coughreedcougholivocough*

voodoochile
01-25-2006, 09:54 PM
I knew this was coming the minute he broke the ankle the second time. I guess I mourned last summer. Hard to see the big man playing for another team, but the Sox just weren't going to risk another season ending injury to such a vital cog in the offense.

Good Luck, Frank. Hope you get to 500...

TheDarkGundam
01-25-2006, 09:57 PM
So long Frank.
Here's to 52 homeruns, and a trip to Cooperstown. :gulp:
Good luck in Oakland.
"It's something unpredictable,
but in the end is right.
I hope you had the time of your life."
:whiner:

Ventura Fan 23
01-25-2006, 10:09 PM
This really is hitting me hard. I'm really upset that he's gone, we'll all miss him dearly. I've never seen anyone more fun to watch than Frank.

Hitmen77
01-25-2006, 10:11 PM
Heh. Found this on a Mariner-fan blog:

Someone please explain how Oakland can sign Frank Thomas with a base salary that is 1/8th of Carl Everett's.

:fobbgod:
"I'm a genius, obviously."

Or, y'know, Bavasi's an idiot. *coughreedcougholivocough*


The answer is that it's more of a sure thing that Everett will play the entire year w/out injury. Oakland is paying a low price because he's a high-risk player.

I wish Frank the best of luck, but I think it's telling of the seriousness of his injury and his liklihood to bounce back that the rest of the AL wasn't exactly beating down his door to sign him.

DenverSock
01-25-2006, 10:12 PM
If we're crying about in come July, I see your point. Less than 12 hours after the press release, I don't think we need to "Get Over" anything. Jeesh....:mad:

Some have crying for months, check the threads. I'm second to no one in my appreciation for Frank. But I've a chance at a repeat win in the World Series. It occupies my mind more now than any other sports possibility. (Up till recently, that included a Broncos Superbowl, Ah well. :whiner: )
:tongue:

Norberto7
01-25-2006, 10:44 PM
It's too bad to see Frank gone, obviously. One of the spine-tingling moments of a home game was Gene Honda's introduction of Frank Thomas at a critical juncture of a game.

That said, he did hit a paltry .219 last year, with almost half of his hits coming as home runs. I'm guessing that he took that tack because he thought it was the way he could be most beneficial given his physical state at the time. Who really knows how differently that will play out next year, and if Frank will or won't be a severe liability on the basepaths if he leads of an inning with a single.

If fence-swinging is what Frank is limited to, however, it spells problems if you put any weight on park factors. While USCF was second behind Coors (1.33), McAfee Coliseum was next to last in ease of homer-hitting (.68) ahead of only Turner Field.

Unless he's in substantially better physical condition, he may be in for some struggles.

santo=dorf
01-25-2006, 10:50 PM
If we're crying about in come July, I see your point. Less than 12 hours after the press release, I don't think we need to "Get Over" anything. Jeesh....:mad:

We knew he was gone after we didn't offer him arbitration back in early December. Hell we knew he was gone after we traded for Thome and re-sign Konerko. "Get over it" may sound harsh, but what did you people expect since late November? :?:

Mr. Skin
01-25-2006, 11:13 PM
Espn.com is reporting it...

esbrechtel
01-25-2006, 11:21 PM
Moment of silence......

DieTrying79
01-25-2006, 11:38 PM
This is like heaven!!! My job moves me to the penninsula and my favorite player signs with the local team. Now, if I could just marry Claudia Schiffer and find a decent Chicago style pizza place !!!!

Zachary's pizza in Berkeley (www.zacharys.com (http://www.zacharys.com)) solves the pizza problem on a short term basis, and I'm working on Claudia Shiffer for ya! :D:

It just hit me that an era in my life is over, and I can't lie, I did shed a tear. I remember the first time I saw him as an 11 year-old boy at New Comiskey against the tribe in Sept. Here's the box score:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199109010CHA

He homered in the 2nd inning, and I'll never forget how in awe I was. That man was my first baseball hero from childhood, and still is. I followed his career from day one with the Sox, and can even recall being at the game in April of 2001 against Seattle where he injured his tricep muscle diving for a ball that put him out for the season. There were alot of wonderful moments, and some not so great that we all shared with Frank, but above all, he went out a World Series Champion while with the Chicago White Sox, and is the greatest player in franchise history to date, period.

If he had to leave and go anywhere, at least he be close to me in my current location. I'm going to try like heck to get an autograph from him this season! Good luck, Big Hurt!

soxfanreggie
01-25-2006, 11:44 PM
I saw this on ESPN and was in shock. Then, the tears started coming. When I was younger and spent a lot of time in the hospital with my mother's health problems and my own, I always managed to get to some Sox games to see my favorite player as well as watch the games on TV. I even had a shrine to him in my room at home.

Frank, I wish you could have retired only playing for us, but I know that you have something you want to prove...

:whiner: I'll be cheering for you, but my love for the White Sox means I can't cheer for you to win against us.

Tragg
01-25-2006, 11:45 PM
Thank you Frank.



But of all the teams to sign with, the #$&&#* As.

HomeFish
01-25-2006, 11:48 PM
I still remember Game 1 of the 2005 ALDS. Frank Thomas went out to throw the first pitch. The crowd was so loud I couldn't even hear Gene Honda introduce him or any sounds from the speakers.

I went to every playoff home game except Game 2 of the World Series. I was there for the Iguchi homerun, the AJ/Crede Game 2 magic, and our first World Series game win since 1959. All throughout that, I could still hear the stadium PA system, no matter how wild the crowd got, and it got pretty wild.

Frank Thomas remains the only man to ever draw enough cheers, in my attendence history, to drown out the PA system. That tells the story.

TornLabrum
01-25-2006, 11:55 PM
I knew this was inevitable. He'll wear an A's uniform this year, but Frank Thomas will always belong to the Chicago White Sox. I hope Jerry Reinsdorf has plans for him when he retires from playing. This man should always be a part of the Sox organization in some capacity.

Big Frank is the by far the best player I've ever seen in a Sox uniform. I'll miss him.

Taliesinrk
01-25-2006, 11:59 PM
I can't even describe how this feels right now.. nor do I want to.

But, with all due respect to the mods, I do think this thread should be moved back to the Clubhouse. Frank is, and always will be, a White Sox. Even if he's not wearing the uniform... he is and will be for as long as I'm here; the best White Sox player in the history of the game. I don't even know what to say...

Chrisaway
01-26-2006, 12:34 AM
Well I guess the A's are my 2nd favorite team now. Keep killing them Twins/Tribe Frank.

gowhitesox
01-26-2006, 12:37 AM
Gosh, I miss him already!:whiner:

I wish him well except when he plays the White Sox. He will get his World Series ring probably in May. If it were up to me I would also retire his number this season.

TaylorStSox
01-26-2006, 12:45 AM
I knew this was inevitable. He'll wear an A's uniform this year, but Frank Thomas will always belong to the Chicago White Sox. I hope Jerry Reinsdorf has plans for him when he retires from playing. This man should always be a part of the Sox organization in some capacity.

Big Frank is the by far the best player I've ever seen in a Sox uniform. I'll miss him.

I couldn't have said it any better.



Cheers, big guy!!! He'll always be my favorite White Sox. :gulp::gulp::gulp:

NSSoxFan
01-26-2006, 12:59 AM
The best I ever saw.

Thanks for making me a Frank Thomas fan first and a White Sox fan forever.

35 is gone.

Nellie_Fox
01-26-2006, 01:15 AM
He's gone, get over it. Don't tell me what to do. Stop opening Frank Thomas threads if you don't like it.

Another reason to be glad I have XM; I can listen to A's games.

DSpivack
01-26-2006, 01:26 AM
I'm nearly to tears thinking about it. I want, no, I have to go to that game May 22. It'll be a graduation gift.

He is THE reason I became a Sox fan.

This is almost as bad as when that other 35 Thomas left.

SoxFan76
01-26-2006, 03:19 AM
www.myspace.com/patrickloftus

check out my new blog. I had to put some issues to rest about Frank Thomas and I got a really positive reaction from it. It's just kind of my emotional send-off to the Big Hurt.

SoxFan76
01-26-2006, 03:20 AM
Oh, and it's COMPLETELY biased, so some of my "facts" may not be completely true, but I feel for the most part everything I said was pretty much factual information.

StockdaleForVeep
01-26-2006, 03:55 AM
Ncorgbl is crying somewhere

BeviBall!
01-26-2006, 09:21 AM
Ncorgbl is crying somewhere

Think Frank will fly him out for his annual BBQ? :D: :D:

Realist
01-26-2006, 09:49 AM
It's sad when a thread about #35 has to be in Talking Baseball.

Yeah it is. :(:

I have mixed emotions about this. On the one hand, it just seems wrong that Frank Thomas is playing for any other team than the White Sox. On the other hand, the idea that there's a good chance the big man is going to once again be installing the fear of God in the hearts of opposing pitchers.... that's pretty exciting.

Sxy Mofo
01-26-2006, 10:42 AM
Step #1: Frank thomas still playing baseball.
Step #2: Not on the sox.
Step #3: That team is oakland

Step #4: Induce vomiting.



Good luck frank, i'm looking forward to seeing the crowd reax at the cell... i hope they give him a standing O.

TDog
01-26-2006, 10:43 AM
I'm not going to go to the trouble to read through this entire thread, but does anyone remember that Billy Williams finished his career in Oakland. He played two full seasons with the A's, but I don't think many A's fans remember him. Certainly Cubs fans don't remember he played for the A's.

Frank Thomas is at the end of his career, and the White Sox have no role for him. He apparently can choose between wearing an A's uniform and retiring. Thomas was an awesome hitter, but the Sox have put together a better team without him.

Blob
01-26-2006, 11:32 AM
Good luck frank, i'm looking forward to seeing the crowd reax at the cell... i hope they give him a standing O.

I'm sure he will get a great reception when he comes back. This is not a magglio-type situation.

I wish you luck big man!

IspepAloc
01-26-2006, 11:39 AM
I'll greatly miss the Big Hurt. I still have his autographed rookie card in a box somewhere, might need to find it and dig it out. I'm glad he went to the A's and not the twins. I will make sure I'm there on the 22nd of May to give him a standing O. He deserves it and I do hope that the White Sox do something for him and I really hope that Thomas isn't pissed at the Sox.

Here's the #35 :gulp:

Baby Fisk
01-26-2006, 11:46 AM
The Greatest.
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/baseball/mlb/11/04/bc.bba.whitesox.thomas.ap/tx.frank.thomas.ap.jpg

:whiner:

swanson24
01-26-2006, 11:54 AM
It stinks that Frank is no longer on the Sox but I'm glad to see he is still playing. I have tickets for he game against Oakland and will be up on my feet with everybody else in the stadium giving him a standing ovation. I'm glad Frank finally got his ring it was long overdue. I wish him the best of luck in Oakland and hope he stays healthy. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame when his career ends he was the greatest hitter in Sox history!

areilly
01-26-2006, 12:08 PM
I still hope the A's finish last, but I hope Frank puts up a season worthy of the mighty name and number on his jersey. There are few things worse than seeing a man in action who doesn't know he should have given it up by now.


"The pitch to Frank. Swing and a HIGH FLY BALL! That's deep center field! Back to the wall, Sullivan, GOODBYE!!"


Knock 'em dead out there.

Nellie_Fox
01-26-2006, 12:47 PM
...the Sox have put together a better team without him.Only seeing how the season plays out will determine this.

CPditka
01-26-2006, 02:45 PM
Good luck big Frank!

I'll definetly miss ya... you were the reason I starting loving the Sox as a Kid!!

God knows if it wasnt for Frank I may have ended up a Cubs fan... no teal

WhiteSoxFan84
01-26-2006, 02:46 PM
# 35. Best. White Sox. Ever.

Frankly Missing
01-26-2006, 02:54 PM
the Sox have put together a better team without him.

I strongly disagree, but it's pure speculation for any of us to say until the games begin.

Risk
01-26-2006, 04:54 PM
Good luck Big Frank.

You were tbe greatest hitter in White Sox history, and one of the best ever.:gulp:

Good luck and best of health to you.

Thanks for all of the great memories.:D:

Risk

markopat
01-26-2006, 04:57 PM
1 Year Deal...

Good luck Big Hurt!

CPditka
01-26-2006, 04:58 PM
I'm not surprised...but I'm really sorry to hear this. I was hoping the Sox could sign him to an incentives-laden contract.

NOTE TO THE A's: MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS!!!!! Also, BITE ME. :mad:

His deal is packed with incentives. Hes only guranteed 500K on the contract. He makes an extra 2.6 Mil if he hits all his incentives which are mainly based on AB's. Basically if he has a normal amount of at bats he'll make an extra 1 or 2 mil. Not bad, I hope he hits some homers out there and gets closer to 500, just not against us.

nlentz88
01-26-2006, 05:01 PM
Ugh. Oakland? I guess it could be worse.

I'll miss ya Frank! Good luck! Hope you wear a Sox hat when you get inducted in the HoF! Cheers! :gulp:

Dan Mega
01-26-2006, 05:03 PM
No way!

Madvora
01-26-2006, 05:04 PM
The Senators!

XplodingScorbord
01-26-2006, 07:33 PM
Goodbye, old friend. You'll always be The Big Hurt to us!

Knock 'em dead on the west coast!

RallyBowl
01-26-2006, 07:41 PM
THE MOST DOMINANT HITTER OF THE 90'S.
ONE OF THE GREATEST RIGHT HANDED HITTERS OF ALL TIME.
FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER.
GREATEST PLAYER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY.
ONE BAAAAAAD MOTHER****ER.


It's hard to see him officially gone. I'm glad my wife and daughter got to see him play in a Sox uniform. Best of luck, and I hope you hit 51 homers this year so Kenny can sign you to a deal for next year and you can hit 500 at home.

Does anyone else here think they should get to work on the outfield wall mural and concourse statue tomorrow? IMO they should be in place for his return in May.

TimoPerez
01-26-2006, 09:28 PM
Good luck Frank. You are one of the best hitters I have ever seen.

ChiSoxGirl
01-26-2006, 11:12 PM
Thomas is one of the best, CLEAN hitters to ever play the game of baseball. His entrance into the Major Leagues in the summer of 1990 also represents my beginning love for the Sox and the game of baseball.

There are so many moments in his career that will forever stand out to me, but I must quote the man from 10.26.05: "This is the best day of my life right here. I don't care whatever else I do in this game, nothing feels like this. ...I gotta thank these guys right here. They put me on their back and carried me across the finish line." I always thought those words were special and personified him as a member of the White Sox for 15 seasons, but while watching the MLB World Series DVD tonight, they made me cry because it made me realize just how much I'll miss him next year and how seeing him in another uniform will be one of the weirdest things ever.

Nellie_Fox
01-26-2006, 11:50 PM
Does anyone else here think they should get to work on the outfield wall mural and concourse statue tomorrow? IMO they should be in place for his return in May.Why do we keep having this particular discussion? Players' numbers should not be retired before they are.

MUsoxfan
01-27-2006, 12:01 AM
I didn't think that Frank's press conference would make me feel all that bad. Boy was I wrong....:(:

voodoochile
01-27-2006, 01:06 AM
Good luck Frank. You are one of the best hitters I have ever seen.

Don't go out on a limb now...:rolleyes:

TDog
01-27-2006, 01:31 AM
Only seeing how the season plays out will determine this.

True. Who would think adding Tom Seaver to the 1983 White Sox would result in a sub-.500 team. But I don't see Frank Thomas hitting 500 home runs, as much as many of us would like to see it, although he is less than two below-average seasons away.

I will miss Frank Thomas, too. But I honestly believe I would be missing Frank Thomas even if he were staying with the Sox.

santo=dorf
01-27-2006, 01:47 AM
"They brought in Jim Thome (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4762/), and he was more injured than I was last year."
:bs::bs::bs: (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AiCzmZVDs0JZzPs1Bx9vZEoRvLYF?slug=ap-athletics-thomas&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Taliesinrk
01-27-2006, 02:21 AM
:bs::bs::bs: (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AiCzmZVDs0JZzPs1Bx9vZEoRvLYF?slug=ap-athletics-thomas&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Just for the record.. this is the "good luck frank" thread. The "I disagree with Frank" thread is.... well not here anyway..

santo=dorf
01-27-2006, 02:41 AM
Just for the record.. this is the "good luck frank" thread. The "I disagree with Frank" thread is.... well not here anyway..

Well I thought about starting a thread on it, but some posters have already commented on Frank's press conference, but didn't mention what was exactly said. It's also not an opinion of Frank's that Thome was injured more last season, it's a flat out lie.
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/OAS101012619_lower.jpg

likeawarlord
01-27-2006, 11:21 AM
in the chicagosports.com article they mention athleticsnation.com, and frank is going to get plenty of apreciation from a's fans, at least early on. it seems like the majority of them feel like this move makes them the best team in baseball, between thomas and having "the best 1-5 rotation in the sport".

...sorry if this has been mentioned already, but there's 11 pages on this thread and i'm lazy.

Gosox1917
01-27-2006, 12:02 PM
After seeing Frank holding up that A's jersey, I just realized losing Frank hurts more than breaking up with most of my past girlfriends. I wish I were kidding.

Kilroy
01-27-2006, 12:15 PM
It's also not an opinion of Frank's that Thome was injured more last season, it's a flat out lie.


Well, Frank was directly quoted as saying exactly that in today's SunTimes. So maybe you might want to rethink that 'lie' comment...

santo=dorf
01-27-2006, 01:26 PM
Well, Frank was directly quoted as saying exactly that in today's SunTimes. So maybe you might want to rethink that 'lie' comment...
Uh, I was saying Frank's comment was a lie, not that Frank Thomas didn't say it.

jamokes
01-27-2006, 02:00 PM
Good Luck Frank, I wish he would take the high road in leaving. Frank can get rid of the sour grapes.......great Sox player but his time was up.

Kilroy
01-27-2006, 02:39 PM
Uh, I was saying Frank's comment was a lie, not that Frank Thomas didn't say it.

Fair enuf. But your statement was "It's also not an opinion of Frank's that Thome was injured more last season, it's a flat out lie." That reads as if someone had said that Thomas said that and you felt they were lying.

Geeterman1
01-27-2006, 03:51 PM
Fair enuf. But your statement was "It's also not an opinion of Frank's that Thome was injured more last season, it's a flat out lie." That reads as if someone had said that Thomas said that and you felt they were lying.

I think ur the only one reading it that way. I knew what he meant.

Hokiesox
01-27-2006, 04:19 PM
I wish him all the luck next season, and I'd love to see him hit 52 more. But his comments made me think "Good luck, but now I want to beat the A's more than ever for those comments."

TomBradley72
01-27-2006, 05:27 PM
This could really rejuvenate Frank for the last 1-2 years of his career....fresh start...contending ballclub...and the A's ballpark has become a launching pad. I'll be there for his first game at the Cell....standing O for every AB.

DMarte708
01-27-2006, 05:28 PM
Frank, may you have another stellar year in Oakland.

If I ignore my hatred for Beane and his disciples, I may actually consider cheering for your team.

flo-B-flo
01-27-2006, 09:14 PM
I wuas disappointed in Franks comments. He MUST have seen the writing on the wall. So KW gets Thome and he rips the Sox. Whats Thome got to do with the way the Sox treated his release? If he said all this I lost some respect for him. Good luck Frank but, the Sox will do fine without you. And another guy ripping the franchise when they leave.

flo-B-flo
01-27-2006, 09:19 PM
........I may actually consider cheering for your team. I could NEVER cheer for the as's. This fear and loathing goes back to the 70's when that as's team was kicking everybodies ass while they were kicking their own. And I think that oakland bull**** ends this year.

Frater Perdurabo
01-28-2006, 12:24 AM
Make no mistake: I desperately want the Sox to repeat as champs and I want them to win as many games as possible - including sweeping the Athletics.

However, if I had another wish, it would be that Frank clobbers his 52 homers this year in an MVP, Triple Crown season. I hope he steps to the plate with the bases empty in each plate appearance against the Sox, and that he clobbers light-tower solo moon shots on every first pitch.

I respect and thank Kenny Williams for assembling a World Series-winning team and commend him for making some very good moves that put the Sox in a great position to repeat. However, IMHO his refusal to consider signing Frank to an incentive-laden deal was a serious mistake that leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Frank's 2005 mid-season homer barrage helped to provide much-needed separation in the standings that gave them enough cushion to withstand Cleveland's late-season surge and win the AL Central. His advice also seemed to have a positive effect on Juan Uribe, who really got hot at the end of the season and in the postseason. For these key reasons, Frank played as big a role in the World Series victory as any other Sox player.

I agree with every word Frank said as reported in the media, and I commend Jim Thome for taking the high road in response. It's too bad we Sox fans will not be able to see both of these HOF-bound players in the same lineup, together chasing the 500 HR milestone.

Best wishes, Frank. You always shall remain my favorite slugger and the greatest hitter ever to wear a White Sox uniform. I consider myself blessed and privileged to have seen you play at such a high level for so many years.

PaleHoseGeorge
01-28-2006, 10:10 AM
Frank is his own worst enemy. Most of us figured this out ten years ago. The media never misses a chance to stir the pot one more time -- no matter how old the news might be. After all, they are selling today's newspaper. If they can repackaged old news as new news, so much the better.

So long, Frank. Hopefully you'll play long enough to let this latest sorry episode fade far enough into memory to let your triumphant HOF-bound return to the South Side be a complete success.

Fenway
01-28-2006, 12:45 PM
Frank is his own worst enemy. Most of us figured this out ten years ago. The media never misses a chance to stir the pot one more time -- no matter how old the news might be. After all, they are selling today's newspaper. If they can repackaged old news as new news, so much the better.

So long, Frank. Hopefully you'll play long enough to let this latest sorry episode fade far enough into memory to let your triumphant HOF-bound return to the South Side be a complete success.

depends on the media as well look at the Oakland paper


Thomas' first choice was to remain with the White Sox, where he set virtually every franchise offensive record over a 16-year career. Instead, the club bought out his $10 million option for $3.5 million, then declined to offer him salary arbitration a decision that left him bitter at the time. "I envisioned myself retiring there but ... it's not the same organization anymore," Thomas said. "It's time for a new beginning. There's no time to look back on it. ... I don't want to shovel anything either way, but I didn't really like the conclusion of it. It is the way it is.
"I just want to get back into the game I enjoy. I've always loved new challenges. I'll have fun here, I really will."

http://www.insidebayarea.com/athletics/ci_3442782


Everything will be fine. Carlton Fisk was dumped in a much worse way but now he has a statue at The Cell. Could it have been handled better? Of course.

Hitmen77
01-28-2006, 01:18 PM
"I envisioned myself retiring there but ... it's not the same organization anymore," Thomas said. ...

http://www.insidebayarea.com/athletics/ci_3442782




Anyone here complaining that the Sox aren't "the same organization anymore"? (rhetorical question) I think the piece of hardware below shows how it's changed.

http://www.tsisk.net/images/champpride.jpg

JB98
01-28-2006, 09:42 PM
Anyone here complaining that the Sox aren't "the same organization anymore"? (rhetorical question) I think the piece of hardware below shows how it's changed.

http://www.tsisk.net/images/champpride.jpg

I, for one, am very glad we aren't "the same organization anymore." We're a winning organization now, and winning organizations don't make decisions for sentimental reasons. I don't think the Sox mishandled the Thomas situation, not in the least. I have no respect for the way Frank handled the situation at all. He never takes the high road in the media. Never. Some things remain the same. Some people never change.

I hope Frank gets to 500 home runs. He deserves to be a first ballot HOF'er. I'll give him a standing ovation when he returns to the Cell. But the fact is it was time for him to move on, and I will NEVER cheer for the Oakland A's for any reason. I wish that team nothing but failure.

BeviBall!
01-30-2006, 08:46 AM
I, for one, am very glad we aren't "the same organization anymore." We're a winning organization now, and winning organizations don't make decisions for sentimental reasons. I don't think the Sox mishandled the Thomas situation, not in the least. I have no respect for the way Frank handled the situation at all. He never takes the high road in the media. Never. Some things remain the same. Some people never change.

True that. Double true.

maurice
01-30-2006, 03:47 PM
Christ, people. Let it go.

Even Ozzie said that he can't criticize Frank, since Ozzie felt and acted the same way when he left the Sox.

Shorty1983
01-30-2006, 11:07 PM
IMO, you were bigger than any baseball player in Chicago, you are now a southside legend. So long big Frank and thank you for the many memories.