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SouthSideLove
05-22-2006, 09:18 AM
Many have been speculating as to how Frank Thomas will be received tonight by Sox fans, with his return to U.S. Cellular Field. I wanted to know how those of you who will be there, like myself, will react to the return of the "Big Hurt". I personally will give him his just due and respect by giving him a standing ovation during his first at-bat. After that, all bets are off...What do you all think?

samram
05-22-2006, 09:22 AM
Obviously I won't be there, but he should absolutely be cheered.

jenn2080
05-22-2006, 09:22 AM
Frank should be treated with honor. A nice standing applause and cheers would be outstanding.

RedHeadPaleHoser
05-22-2006, 09:23 AM
Standing O. Not even a discussion.

The man will always be a legend for his ON FIELD abilities while a member of the White Sox. Give him his proper greeting/sendoff.

HomerCoach
05-22-2006, 09:23 AM
Many have been speculating as to how Frank Thomas will be received tonight by Sox fans, with his return to U.S. Cellular Field. I wanted to know how those of you who will be there, like myself, will react to the return of the "Big Hurt". I personally will give him his just due and respect by giving him a standing ovation during his first at-bat. After that, all bets are off...What do you all think?

I can't be there...CHEER FOR ME!

peeonwrigley
05-22-2006, 09:24 AM
I will stand and cheer for him before the game. And then again when he steps up to the plate.

And then again when he strikes out to complete his 0-4 night.

mcfish
05-22-2006, 09:24 AM
Standing Ovation for his first AB and cheering after that.

viagracat
05-22-2006, 09:24 AM
Absolutely. He'll get a standing O. Not even a debate.

INSox56
05-22-2006, 09:25 AM
There is no question here....no debate. If anyone anywhere near me boos, I'm going to have a word or two for them.

vegyrex
05-22-2006, 09:25 AM
Lots of cheers. Nothing less.

stl_sox_fan
05-22-2006, 09:30 AM
I hope he gets a warm welcome. All those years of service shouldn't be spoiled by just a few sour grapes.
I particularly liked Ozzie's comments during the pre-game yesterday. He sent another shot across the Tribe's bow saying he was embarrassed how they treated Thome upon his return.

brucefan34
05-22-2006, 09:31 AM
Do not, I repeat Do Not act like Cleveland did to Thome!

That was terrible. Sox fans know and appreciate what Frank did on the field and he should be appreciated for that!

I will be there Tuesday!

MadetoOrta
05-22-2006, 09:35 AM
Standing ovation. No question. Thank you Big Hurt!

spluta7913
05-22-2006, 09:36 AM
If i was in attendance for tonight's game i would no doubt give frank as loud an applause as humanly possible. Im 35, and have been a die hard fan entire life, i grew up idolizing Harold Baines, then it was the hurt, so it is a no brainer. Frank has done so many great things for this team throughout career, he deserves nothing less than a thunderous standing "o". Anyone who gives him less than that has no clue about the game of baseball or the white sox.

ramorgan1
05-22-2006, 09:40 AM
i vill cheer.
need to update sig too.

goon
05-22-2006, 09:41 AM
i'll be in the bleachers, applauding of course. hopefully, the frank thomas video montage sort of sets the tone or mood for how the crowd should approach frank's visit back to the cell. i don't think there wil be too many boos.

RKMeibalane
05-22-2006, 09:42 AM
Why is this even a question?

SoxFan78
05-22-2006, 09:43 AM
If you are going to boo, don't even bother coming to the game tonight. He is one of the greatest hitters in White Sox history and when he goes to the HOF he will be wearing a White Sox cap. Show the respect he deserves.

I will give him a standing O every time he gets up to the plate.

alohafri
05-22-2006, 09:47 AM
I will stand and cheer for him before the game. And then again when he steps up to the plate.

And then again when he strikes out to complete his 0-4 night.

I agree with you Pee. Frank should get the props he deserves for everything he accomplished with the White Sox. But after that, he is the enemy...same as Zito, same as Chavez...

Sxy Mofo
05-22-2006, 09:57 AM
It's not like frank did anything bad as far as contract stuff. He didn't say "i want to be a sox for life", then leave for huge money. We didn't want him back and he's playing for piddly for oakland. This shouldn't even be discussed, and for anyone who boos, I'm ashamed to be rooting for the same team as them.

Minnie Me
05-22-2006, 09:59 AM
Thomas should get a standing O because he was face of franchise and is all time team leader in many important hitting statistics. I doubt if he wil be wearing a Oakland cap when he goes to the Hall.

After the standing O he should be treated no different than any other opposing player whose career is hanging by a thread while he is in pursuit of major career goals.

Please treat Willie the same when comes to town.

24thStFan
05-22-2006, 09:59 AM
Standing O. Not even a discussion.

The man will always be a legend for his ON FIELD abilities while a member of the White Sox. Give him his proper greeting/sendoff.

No question about this -- standing O. Thanks for the memories, Frank.

Palehose13
05-22-2006, 10:02 AM
Many have been speculating as to how Frank Thomas will be received tonight by Sox fans, with his return to U.S. Cellular Field. I wanted to know how those of you who will be there, like myself, will react to the return of the "Big Hurt". I personally will give him his just due and respect by giving him a standing ovation during his first at-bat. After that, all bets are off...What do you all think?

Are you Lawrence Holmes or a disciple of him? I could swear that is what he suggested on his show yesterday.

I persoanlly am going to give Frank Thomas a standing ovation the first time he is at bat. I will also clap for him each additional at bat. I am proudly sporting the big man's jersey today.

sox1970
05-22-2006, 10:08 AM
If I was going to the game tonight, I would sit in my chair quietly. I don't like to boo anyone unless they do something like Michael Barrett. However, I wouldn't cheer for him because I do think he was part of the problem for many years. He only cared about his own stats and he caused a lot of disruption on his own team by demanding his own rules. I appreciate his offensive prowess over the years, but I don't have any lingering affection for the guy. I'm more worried about getting on a winning streak again.

Jerko
05-22-2006, 10:11 AM
At the opener, every time they showed Thomas on the pre-game video package, he got booed. Hopefully that doesn't happen tonight. The guy used to be worth the price of admission and gave us a lot of good moments.

LongLiveFisk
05-22-2006, 10:14 AM
I am going to give him a standing ovation. Regardless of what people think of comments he has made, he has been a huge part of White Sox baseball and at or near the top of every offensive category. For at least his first at-bat he should be given his due.

cleanwsox
05-22-2006, 10:15 AM
At the opener, every time they showed Thomas on the pre-game video package, he got booed. Hopefully that doesn't happen tonight. The guy used to be worth the price of admission and gave us a lot of good moments.

Yup, and like it or not... his number will be retired some day. Cheer him or sit in your seat and don't say a word. He doesn't deserve to get booed at all.

QCIASOXFAN
05-22-2006, 10:18 AM
Obviously I won't be there, but he should absolutely be cheered. I won't be watching it either because it on WCIU tonight and tommoroW!

Milw
05-22-2006, 10:19 AM
If I was going to the game tonight, I would sit in my chair quietly. I don't like to boo anyone unless they do something like Michael Barrett. However, I wouldn't cheer for him because I do think he was part of the problem for many years. He only cared about his own stats and he caused a lot of disruption on his own team by demanding his own rules. I appreciate his offensive prowess over the years, but I don't have any lingering affection for the guy. I'm more worried about getting on a winning streak again.
I took off work today solely for the purpose of driving down to Chicago to cheer for Frank.

He'll get a standing ovation from me, but I can live with people sitting quietly on their hands. Frank upset some people while he was here, and there's other people who just can't bring themselves to cheer for an opponent of the Sox. I get that.

Just please, please, no booing.

Palehose13
05-22-2006, 10:25 AM
IMO, there are a few players that represent White Sox baseball. Frank Thomas will always be one of those men. Frank Thomas IS White Sox Baseball and should not be booed by Sox fans.

IMO, whoever boos him doesn't have a clue. But then again, I got into a fight with some Neanderthal for booing him 2002 after returning from his tricep injury and not being his "old self" at the plate right away. Some people are just ****ing clueless. If you don't want to cheer him, just be quiet. There is no denying his accomplishments while he was here.

kwolf68
05-22-2006, 10:27 AM
Only one answer ... CHEER HIM.

Don't do to Frank what Cleveland fans did to Thome. Frank gave his all for the Sox organization for many years and is a likely Hall of Famer. He should be revered.

I would also cheer him everytime he batted. And yes, cheer if he gets struck out as well.

Blob
05-22-2006, 10:28 AM
I will stand and clap when he comes up, no doubt about it!

BainesHOF
05-22-2006, 10:31 AM
Frank deserves a great reception and I hope receives it.

Fenway
05-22-2006, 10:33 AM
better be a standing ovation

LongLiveFisk
05-22-2006, 10:38 AM
If this thread is any indication, I expect either a standing "o" or at least loud cheers.

Realist
05-22-2006, 10:41 AM
better be a standing ovation

It will be, and it will be loud. I'll be doing more than my share of cheering from my seat at the game for 10 of us that can't make it.

MVP
05-22-2006, 10:44 AM
A standing ovation- for all that he's meant to the White Sox.

skottyj242
05-22-2006, 10:45 AM
How are we going to give him a staniding ovation if we're already standing in the patio area for COTC?

StrTrkker
05-22-2006, 11:32 AM
If I was going to the game I would for sure be standing and giving him a loud cheer. No question (sorry DJ)...

Palehose13
05-22-2006, 11:34 AM
How are we going to give him a staniding ovation if we're already standing in the patio area for COTC?

Cause I'll be in my seat just before first pitch. :wink:

itsnotrequired
05-22-2006, 11:36 AM
How are we going to give him a staniding ovation if we're already standing in the patio area for COTC?

I've been wretling with this as well. I'd love to be in my seat for the first pitch but all that food and drink will be hard to walk away from.

D. TODD
05-22-2006, 11:36 AM
Cheer loudly in his first at bat. Then cheer politely in his subsequent at bats. Until he does damage to our Sox then kill the cheering for a while.

BeviBall!
05-22-2006, 11:37 AM
Standing ovation for his first AB. After that, business as usual.

jdm2662
05-22-2006, 11:43 AM
Give him a nice ovation before his first at bat. Then, he should be treated like every other opponent. If people don't want to cheer, it's best to just sit there. He shouldn't warrant any boos.

tromcoe
05-22-2006, 11:48 AM
When tix first went on sale to PSTH this year the first extra i bought was the Ring Ceremony, the Second was May 22nd, and then I looked for Sox/cubs.

I have been looking forward to this game all year!!!

By the way, are they doing something to honor his time on the Sox i.e. what they did for Cal Ripken like a video montage?

Lip Man 1
05-22-2006, 12:05 PM
I was very surprised reading these comments from Ozzie in Fred Mitchell's column. I thought the two got along the past few seasons?

"Guillen said he had issues with Frank Thomas, who will face the Sox this week as a member of the Oakland A's.

"One day I heard Frank didn't want to play in the last game. It was one of the biggest fights we ever had. But Frank could never do that because [coaches] Harold Baines and Joey Cora and Tim Raines he knew they wouldn't put up with that. I was not going to let him do it," Guillen said.

"One time, I said, 'You're going to pinch-hit.' He said, 'Hell, no.' I said, 'You're not going to pinch-hit? OK, do me a favor. Don't ever put your uniform back on. You will never play for me. I told one of the guys that you were going to play and you don't play don't ever come back here. Because I am not playing you.'"

Lip

RowanDye
05-22-2006, 12:38 PM
I wasn't all that surprised. I won't ever boo Frank, but for all of you that think Frank is the greatest guy that ever played baseball you need to stop dreaming. The media may have been biased against him for a long time, but Frank was far from innocent. The man had/has attitude problems and I for one think the type of players we have now are better representatives of the game then Frank ever was.

Chicago
05-22-2006, 12:45 PM
By the way, are they doing something to honor his time on the Sox i.e. what they did for Cal Ripken like a video montage?

A toast to Thomas: Frank Thomas, who holds no fewer than 12 White Sox franchise records on offense, is sure to draw plenty of attention from the Chicago media and the plethora of fans in the stands when he returns to Chicago with Oakland for a three-game series on Monday night. But according to Scott Reifert, the White Sox vice president of communications, the team also will recognize Thomas' on-field contributions to the South Side franchise. A video montage of Thomas' highlights will be shown before the game, and another special tribute will be paid to Thomas later in the evening.

voodoochile
05-22-2006, 12:54 PM
I wish I could be there tonight. I'll definitely be wearing my Thomas jersey while watching on the Internet.

Thanks for all the memories, Frank.

palehozenychicty
05-22-2006, 01:01 PM
I wish I could be there tonight. I'll definitely be wearing my Thomas jersey while watching on the Internet.

Thanks for all the memories, Frank.

I do as well, but that's why there's Extra Innings at my buddy's place. :D:

Theanticub
05-22-2006, 01:03 PM
Many have been speculating as to how Frank Thomas will be received tonight by Sox fans, with his return to U.S. Cellular Field. I wanted to know how those of you who will be there, like myself, will react to the return of the "Big Hurt". I personally will give him his just due and respect by giving him a standing ovation during his first at-bat. After that, all bets are off...What do you all think?

I'll be there. If anyone decides to be a jackass and boo him, I will swiftly smack them upside the head. The guy is a legend in chicago.

soxinem1
05-22-2006, 01:06 PM
Frank will get a standing 'O' in my section...

D. TODD
05-22-2006, 01:06 PM
I'll be there. If anyone decides to be a jackass and boo him, I will swiftly smack them upside the head. The guy is a legend in chicago. Hey is that you Micheal Barrett. Just make sure you say he's a legend, bitch before you throw the sucker punch.

HotelWhiteSox
05-22-2006, 01:32 PM
Anyone who boos is a bandwagoner IMO

I wonder what special things the Sox have plans for tonight. I know they have a video put together, but I've heard other rumors like a retiring of the number, which sounds a little far fetched for tonight?

MERPER
05-22-2006, 01:36 PM
I will be there... the pregrame video will bring tears to my eyes, I am sure... The man is the GREATEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX...This shouldn't even be a discussion.. standing ovation until he sheds a tear...

I am buying a bag of peanuts and if anyone boos around me, I will be throwing the peanuts at them....

SoxFan33
05-22-2006, 01:48 PM
Standing O, definatly!

Sxy Mofo
05-22-2006, 01:56 PM
I wasn't all that surprised. I won't ever boo Frank, but for all of you that think Frank is the greatest guy that ever played baseball you need to stop dreaming. The media may have been biased against him for a long time, but Frank was far from innocent. The man had/has attitude problems and I for one think the type of players we have now are better representatives of the game then Frank ever was.


I don't think anyone's claiming he's the greatest guy, or greatest baseball player ever. No one is proclaiming his innocense.

Just recognizing what he did for the franchise for many years, that's all.


The last time I saw frank in person was at coors field. He hit a bomb to deep center. I for one am very glad he was "part" of the team last year.

gobears1987
05-22-2006, 02:04 PM
If you are going to boo, don't even bother coming to the game tonight.

How about what I've been saying the past couple of months?
If you plan on booing Frank Thomas. Choose another ****ing team because I don't want you cheering for my Sox.

mwc44
05-22-2006, 02:26 PM
... The man is the GREATEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX...This shouldn't even be a discussion.. standing ovation until he sheds a tear....

I couldn't have said it better myself, which is why I quoted my fellow WSI member.

sox1970
05-22-2006, 02:40 PM
I will be there... the pregrame video will bring tears to my eyes, I am sure... The man is the GREATEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX...This shouldn't even be a discussion.. standing ovation until he sheds a tear...

I am buying a bag of peanuts and if anyone boos around me, I will be throwing the peanuts at them....

I don't agree with booing, but if someone wants to sit quietly, that's their decision. This isn't a group decision on what type of reaction he deserves. I'm indifferent on Frank Thomas. I appreciate the numbers, but after seeing the team that won last year, it's safe to say he was never the best team guy.

Chips
05-22-2006, 02:42 PM
I've been wretling with this as well. I'd love to be in my seat for the first pitch but all that food and drink will be hard to walk away from.

I'll be with the food and beer. Frank will have more than one at-bat.

TomParrish79
05-22-2006, 02:42 PM
hopefully its a standing ovation and Frank has to acknowledge it before batting

but there are always a few DA's that are gonna boo

jake5824
05-22-2006, 03:58 PM
I unfortunately wont make the game tonite, But i really hope the opening montage on the video monitor showcasing all of the sox great moments lots of them have frank thomas and they will see everything hes done for the organization and dont just remmeber how he left.

thomas35forever
05-22-2006, 05:19 PM
I'm going to my sister's band concert tonight, so I better hear of nothing but cheers when I get back.

QCIASOXFAN
05-22-2006, 05:22 PM
I won't be watching it either because it on WCIU tonight and tommoroW! Nevermind, I just found out that the Quad City Times sucks at telling me when the games are televised around here. I hope the Big Hurt gets a great ovation. I am looking forward to watching it!:smile:

Boozer
05-22-2006, 06:16 PM
I'll be so pissed if I hear boos. Wish I was going to give the big man a standing O. Here's to you Frank :gulp:

soxinthecity
05-22-2006, 07:42 PM
I Won't be there but I'll be cheering at home, Yeah he did and said some stupid things but hey that's just Frank.

And that A$$clown Mike North this morning Saying how he did'nt help the Sox win the World Series and so he'll get no cheers from him, well since he didn't play in the Series, I guess North's mind had to put in some overtime for that bit of wisdom.
But he sure contributed there for a while when he came back and we'll never know what would have happened if he didn't.

So here's to you Big Frank and thanks for being a Sox and the memories.:cheers:

digdagdug23
05-22-2006, 07:55 PM
he got a nice standing "o", but I think Garland giving him the homer was a little overboard, criminy.

CLR01
05-22-2006, 07:58 PM
he got a nice standing "o", but I think Garland giving him the homer was a little overboard, criminy.


Well the Sox did say they had something special planned for Frank and the Fans.

Wsoxmike59
05-23-2006, 06:20 AM
I was there last night and Thomas got a very nice and long standing ovation from the fans. It sounded like 95% of the park was cheering and I heard a smattering of boo's, but they were easily drowned out by the cheering.

I especially liked the video montage of Frank's career during the break between innings before Big Frank came to bat.

I also liked how Frank responded to the fans with the doff of the cap (batting helmet) and acknowledging the welcome that he got from the crowd.

The 2 HR's Frank hit were just absolutely launched and the crowd cheered for both of them, but I was taken back a bit when the cheers quickly turned to boo's by Frank's 3 and 4th at bat???

The people I went to the game with, one of them said...the first AB was thanks for the memories...after that ...sorry you're the enemy now!

Steelrod
05-23-2006, 06:53 AM
I guess we energized him.
Suggestion for tonight, gentle applause!

WestSider
05-23-2006, 08:47 AM
but I was taken back a bit when the cheers quickly turned to boo's by Frank's 3 and 4th at bat???


This is what should happen when a player hits two homers. :smile:

mrfourni
05-23-2006, 08:58 AM
My opinion was that while the standing ovation for Frank was warranted, I don't think anyone should have been cheering his second homerun. I didn't even cheer his first homerun.

Garland is going through a tough stretch right now, was being squeezed by Doug Eddings, and had his home crowd team cheering wildly for a homerun that he gave up. There were people in my section hoping Frank got a hit off Jenks in the 10th which could have cost us the game. I don't understand it.

CHEESESOXER
05-23-2006, 09:44 AM
Since I'm temporarily trapped here in cheeseville till I get dish, I didn't get to see this.
If I had been there, without a doubt I would have given Frank the standing O her so richly deserved.
I'm glad he hit those two HRs.
I'm also proud that the Sox came back to win.

Anyone who doesn't give Frank his due needs to serve a sentence on the other side of town till they luck out and get into the WS.

BTW-Is there anywhere where I can find a video of last night?

soxfan13
05-23-2006, 09:47 AM
My opinion was that while the standing ovation for Frank was warranted, I don't think anyone should have been cheering his second homerun. I didn't even cheer his first homerun.

Garland is going through a tough stretch right now, was being squeezed by Doug Eddings, and had his home crowd team cheering wildly for a homerun that he gave up. There were people in my section hoping Frank got a hit off Jenks in the 10th which could have cost us the game. I don't understand it.

I agree completely Yes long standing O for his first at bat maybe a good ovation for the 1st home run but cheering the 2nd homer that put YOUR beloved White Sox deeper in a hole is going a bit overboard. You payed your respects but he is now the enemy.

LongLiveFisk
05-23-2006, 09:58 AM
My opinion was that while the standing ovation for Frank was warranted, I don't think anyone should have been cheering his second homerun. I didn't even cheer his first homerun.

I admit I did cheer his first home run (emotions were running high :redface: ) but I justified my thinking for two reasons: 1) I knew it would be the last time I would cheer something he did against our Sox, and 2) it being only a solo shot and us being down 1-0, I figured we'd come back. Then....I didn't cheer for his 2nd home run, and we came back to win.

So I was right. :wink:

woodsdavid
05-23-2006, 10:09 AM
what an awesome game to be at last night (was at saturday's too).
frank's return -- a nice video tribute too. glad that he got a standing o, but was surprised how many sox fans were cheering after his HRs (guess what: he's not on the sox anymore)
weird vibe at the park last night: kids doing gene honda's job. squirrel running amok. garland pitching amok
but what a great game for super sub and for pablo

chi_guy
05-23-2006, 10:20 AM
I cheered his first homer but then after that it was business as usual.

Palehose13
05-23-2006, 10:24 AM
I admit I did cheer his first home run (emotions were running high :redface: ) but I justified my thinking for two reasons: 1) I knew it would be the last time I would cheer something he did against our Sox, and 2) it being only a solo shot and us being down 1-0, I figured we'd come back. Then....I didn't cheer for his 2nd home run, and we came back to win.

So I was right. :wink:

I did the same. I didn't cheer his second HR, but I can't boo him either. I just can't bring myself to do it.

INSox56
05-23-2006, 10:41 AM
What an amazing night in every way. Amazing memory of everyone rising and cheering when Frank was just going to the on deck circle....thankfully Chavez had a short ab. Amazing ovation for his AB and am glad that I was one of the people cheering and other people cheering for and during his home run trot. Thanks for the memories big man.

INSox56
05-23-2006, 10:43 AM
Anyone else notice/think that it looked like he was hiding his face a little bit and looked choked up when they had him on the jumbotron after the video?

ChetChat
05-23-2006, 10:47 AM
Anyone else notice/think that it looked like he was hiding his face a little bit and looked choked up when they had him on the jumbotron after the video?
Yes. I commented, "It looks like he's going to cry".