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downstairs
09-08-2007, 03:40 PM
There it is!

I think Jim Thome is going to hit 500 this year.

:putitontheboard

DickAllen72
09-08-2007, 03:57 PM
:dunno:

getonbckthr
09-08-2007, 04:24 PM
Ehhh its hampering our chances at the Vandy kid, also I would rather he do it next season there have been so many milestones this year.

Myrtle72
09-08-2007, 05:16 PM
Ehhh its hampering our chances at the Vandy kid, also I would rather he do it next season there have been so many milestones this year.

Exactly. He'd also get a lot more attention with the record if he were to do it at the beginning of the season next year because the end of baseball season has so many of them.

Thome setting a personal record is certainly not what's best for the team right now, I'd much rather Ozzie not play him.

infohawk
09-08-2007, 05:20 PM
I'm quite possibly mistaken, but I didn't think the MLB draft was like the NFL draft in the sense that teams draft in order of their prior season's performance. I was under the assumption that MLB used some kind of blending scheme that included the performance over multiple years for determining draft order. Could someone clarify the MLB draft order for me?

Daver
09-08-2007, 05:23 PM
I'm quite possibly mistaken, but I didn't think the MLB draft was like the NFL draft in the sense that teams draft in order of their prior season's performance. I was under the assumption that MLB used some kind of blending scheme that included the performance over multiple years for determining draft order. Could someone clarify the MLB draft order for me?

The team with the worst record overall from both leagues will get the first pick in the 2008 draft, and it will work down from there, based on the previous years record, the team that wins the world series will choose last.

Brian26
09-08-2007, 10:17 PM
Thome's run at 500 has created two new jobs (two guys stand in front of the billboard and manually change the Thome Ticker), so the positive thing is that Thome's run is actually reducing unemployment.

On the negative side, the skeleton Pride Crew is completely mailing it in (now that all of the girls have gone back to college).

Huisj
09-08-2007, 10:26 PM
He needs to hit two this week and then hit #500 on Sunday next weekend, because it's Jim Thome bobblehead day. :D: (and I will probably be there)

GoSox2K3
09-08-2007, 11:03 PM
Ehhh its hampering our chances at the Vandy kid, also I would rather he do it next season there have been so many milestones this year.

:rolleyes:

I guess we Sox fans don't have enough things to complain about this year. Now, we're griping that Thome might actually hit his 500th HR this year? :?:

TDog
09-08-2007, 11:03 PM
Ehhh its hampering our chances at the Vandy kid, also I would rather he do it next season there have been so many milestones this year.

First of all, the White Sox have had no problem losing this year in games in which Jim Thome hits home runs. Saturday the Sox were losing after Thome homered.

Secondly, I will never stop hoping the White Sox win. First picks in the baseball amateur draft, especially consensus first picks, rarely turn out to have the best careers among those chosen in the first round. Jim Rice was selected 15th when the White Sox came off their 106-loss season by making Danny Goodwin their No. 1 pick. The problem with Goodwin went beyond the fact that the Sox couldn't sign him. Goodwin so highly thought of by scouts, that the Angels later made him the first pick in the draft. He signed with the Angels but only hit .236 in his major league career.

Draft picks are promises that often aren't kept.

Brian26
09-08-2007, 11:26 PM
Draft picks are promises that often aren't kept.

Shawn Abner agrees with you.

thomas35forever
09-08-2007, 11:29 PM
A homer a game will get him to 500 in the next few days.

itsnotrequired
09-08-2007, 11:32 PM
Shawn Abner agrees with you.

For every Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. there is a Matt Anderson and Brien Taylor.

TDog
09-08-2007, 11:45 PM
For every Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. there is a Matt Anderson and Brien Taylor.

Not exactly. The Matt Andersons outnumber the Alex Rodriguezes.

DumpJerry
09-09-2007, 12:28 AM
He needs to hit two this week and then hit #500 on Sunday next weekend, because it's Jim Thome bobblehead day. :D: (and I will probably be there)

He will do it against the Tribe this week. Poetic.

First of all, the White Sox have had no problem losing this year in games in which Jim Thome hits home runs. Saturday the Sox were losing after Thome homered.

Secondly, I will never stop hoping the White Sox win. First picks in the baseball amateur draft, especially consensus first picks, rarely turn out to have the best careers among those chosen in the first round. Jim Rice was selected 15th when the White Sox came off their 106-loss season by making Danny Goodwin their No. 1 pick. The problem with Goodwin went beyond the fact that the Sox couldn't sign him. Goodwin so highly thought of by scouts, that the Angels later made him the first pick in the draft. He signed with the Angels but only hit .236 in his major league career.

Draft picks are promises that often aren't kept.
Talk to Mark Buerhle about late round draft picks.

chisoxfanatic
09-09-2007, 12:34 AM
He will do it against the Tribe this week. Poetic.
I know it would be awesome for him to do it here; but, I kind of was hoping he'd do it IN Cleveland as some sort of gesture to those classless fans who boo him for no reason.

jabrch
09-09-2007, 02:52 AM
For every Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. there is a Matt Anderson and Brien Taylor.

You math is WAY off. For every Alex or Junior there are more like 50 Andersons and Taylors

Ragator43
09-09-2007, 09:08 AM
Thome's run at 500 has created two new jobs (two guys stand in front of the billboard and manually change the Thome Ticker), so the positive thing is that Thome's run is actually reducing unemployment.


Anyone know how they managed to get that job?

DumpJerry
09-09-2007, 09:14 AM
Anyone know how they managed to get that job?
They took a math test.

Myrtle72
09-09-2007, 09:23 AM
:rolleyes:

I guess we Sox fans don't have enough things to complain about this year. Now, we're griping that Thome might actually hit his 500th HR this year? :?:

That's really not the point...

I agree with bkcthr, all this focus on Thome hitting 500 this season is one, going to be overshadowed by all the other records being broken at the end of a season and two, not the direction that the White Sox should be looking in right now.

I would much rather see some AAA players get some MLB time right now than see Thome hit 500 and have no one care about it because, someone like Curtis Granderson broke a "better" record.

LauraJ14
09-09-2007, 09:54 AM
What better record is Granderson breaking?
I want to see Thome get 500 and I want to see Griffey get 600 this year.
That would make 2007 as the season, where were was 600 homeruns, several 500 homeruns, 300 game winner and 3000 hits. Pretty impressive.

I also have tickets to 5 more games so I want Thome to hit it at home when I am at the game. That would be exciting since we got cheated at having Frank Thomas do it in another uniform.

HerzogVon
09-09-2007, 10:24 AM
What better record is Granderson breaking?
I want to see Thome get 500 and I want to see Griffey get 600 this year.
That would make 2007 as the season, where were was 600 homeruns, several 500 homeruns, 300 game winner and 3000 hits. Pretty impressive.



So, you want a season where we finish in fifth place to be "impressive"? For heaven's sake, why??

Brian26
09-09-2007, 10:29 AM
So, you want a season where we finish in fifth place to be "impressive"? For heaven's sake, why??

I think she's talking about the major league season on a whole, not just from a White Sox perspective, and she's completely correct.

TDog
09-09-2007, 12:26 PM
That's really not the point...

I agree with bkcthr, all this focus on Thome hitting 500 this season is one, going to be overshadowed by all the other records being broken at the end of a season and two, not the direction that the White Sox should be looking in right now.

I would much rather see some AAA players get some MLB time right now than see Thome hit 500 and have no one care about it because, someone like Curtis Granderson broke a "better" record.

Granderson is not setting a record but accomplishing a feat that involves rarely seen accumulations of non-record numbers in several categories. He isn't coming close to the record for doubles, triples, home runs or stolen bases. He won't finish his career with record numbers in those categories. That doesn't diminish the feat. I think it's amazing to hit more than 20 doubles, triples and, home runs in a season. The only player I've ever seen do that is George Brett, whose 1979 season was superior to Granderson's current season -- Brett hit .329 and drove in 107 runs, but only stole 17 bases, although amazingly he only struck out 36 times while collecting 212 hits. Next season, Granderson's feat will be behind him.

Thome is not looking to set a record for hitting home runs, but looking to reach a milestone. If Thome doesn't reach it this year, he will continue to pursue it next year. With one exception, hitters chasing home run milestones, and even the all-time record this year, have played for teams out of the race. I think Griffey is seven home runs away from 600. However you feel about the people involved, it would be amazing to have two players hit their 600th, three players hit their 500th and one player break the all-time record in the same year, all from teams out of contention.

A big reason a White Sox fan should want to see Thome hit his 500th home run this year would be to see him get it out of the way. Even people who want to see Thome play elsewhere next year should want to see him get his 500th home run this year because there will be one less sentimental reason to hang on to him.

cnw8052
09-09-2007, 05:18 PM
Anyone know why that boy who got the homerun ball was escorted out by security? I didn't see him do anything wrong.

JermaineDye05
09-09-2007, 05:21 PM
Anyone know why that boy who got the homerun ball was escorted out by security? I didn't see him do anything wrong.

Perhaps do give the ball to Thome? I'm not sure.

Cellview22
09-09-2007, 05:38 PM
Is the media (national and local) gonna start making a big deal of this now? Will ESPN break in and show #500 live? Also wondering if more tix than usual will sell when Thome has 1 more to go..
Mr. Incredible deserves a big celebration!! :bandance:

infohawk
09-09-2007, 06:05 PM
The team with the worst record overall from both leagues will get the first pick in the 2008 draft, and it will work down from there, based on the previous years record, the team that wins the world series will choose last.
Thanks Daver!

GlassSox
09-09-2007, 06:09 PM
I am happy for Jim Thome, I enjoyed watching the HR today.

LauraJ14
09-09-2007, 07:24 PM
So, you want a season where we finish in fifth place to be "impressive"? For heaven's sake, why??

I wasn't refering to the Sox season - its been dismal. But for career milestones - 2007 is going to be one of the best.
That's why I want Thome to hit 500 this year - not next year and I don't want to see any more AAA/backup players - they all stink especially Cintron at 3rd. Makes me wish for Pablo!

Myrtle72
09-10-2007, 05:01 AM
I wasn't refering to the Sox season - its been dismal. But for career milestones - 2007 is going to be one of the best.
That's why I want Thome to hit 500 this year - not next year and I don't want to see any more AAA/backup players - they all stink especially Cintron at 3rd. Makes me wish for Pablo!

Maybe that's why they need playing time... do you want the 2008 team to stink too?

LauraJ14
09-10-2007, 08:37 AM
Maybe that's why they need playing time... do you want the 2008 team to stink too?

Well if some of the AAA/ backups players are still here next year - Cintron, Gonzalez, Bukvich, Terrero - 2008 is going to stink also.
I like Richar's defense - his hitting needs work.
I like Fields power - needs to work on his defense and cut down on the strike outs.
I like Wasserman out of the bullpen.
I can't make up my mind on Owens - like his speed on the basepaths and in the outfield but he needs to get on base more.

itsnotrequired
09-10-2007, 08:48 AM
Maybe that's why they need playing time... do you want the 2008 team to stink too?

Who are you referring to when you say "they"? Owens, Fields, Richar, Gonzales, etc. are already seeing regular playing time. What advantage is there to benching Thome? The handful of extra bats the minor leaguers will get won't mean much in the big scheme of things. Meanwhile, Thome would be getting paid over $85k a game to sit on the bench (yeah, yeah, Philly is paing some of that).

The only callup that would make any sense is Sweeney but to call him up to DH is goofy. Even rotating him between Owens, etc. would be a little silly. He is resting up for AFL anyway where he is sure to see plenty of action during Phoenix's 30 games.

skottyj242
09-10-2007, 09:33 AM
I really wish that Jenks wouldn't have retired all those batters in a row and I for sure hate Mark Buehrle for pitching that stupid no-hitter of his. They should have saved it for when the Sox are good again. Stupid players.

Huisj
09-10-2007, 02:31 PM
I really wish that Jenks wouldn't have retired all those batters in a row and I for sure hate Mark Buehrle for pitching that stupid no-hitter of his. They should have saved it for when the Sox are good again. Stupid players.

Haha, they were good for a week. From the day Buehrle threw the no-no until the following Tuesday, the Sox went 6-1 and improved their overall record to 11-8 and a tie for first place. Those were the good old days, back in April.

downstairs
09-10-2007, 02:38 PM
Actually, I want him to get it this year so its not overshadowed by our 2008 World Series run...

:cool:

kevingrt
09-12-2007, 02:15 PM
Uno mas!!!

russ99
09-12-2007, 02:26 PM
Uno mas!!!

Wooo Hoo! One more, big Jim.

chisoxmike
09-12-2007, 02:27 PM
:moonwalk:

cbotnyse
09-12-2007, 02:31 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?

kevingrt
09-12-2007, 02:39 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?

Give it to Jimmy, DUH!

LauraJ14
09-12-2007, 02:40 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?


Give it back to Thome since he's going to take it to the Hall of Fame.

Rocky Soprano
09-12-2007, 02:40 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?

I would give it back to him in a heartbeat.

chisoxmike
09-12-2007, 02:40 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?

I would give it to Thome. I wouldn't even wait for security to get me. I would march over to the dugout and hand it to him right there.

cbotnyse
09-12-2007, 02:41 PM
I'd throw it back.

chisoxmike
09-12-2007, 02:42 PM
I'd throw it back.

:rolling:

Write on it "Bring Rowand back!" :redneck

kevingrt
09-12-2007, 02:43 PM
I would give it to Thome. I wouldn't even wait for security to get me. I would march over to the dugout and hand it to him right there.

Exactly rush the field run past the security guards and hand it to him. It would be an adrenaline rush.

thedudeabides
09-12-2007, 02:45 PM
Just curious, in case anyone is watching, did ESPN go live to his at bat when he had the chance to get to 500?

chisoxmike
09-12-2007, 02:45 PM
Just curious, in case anyone is watching, did ESPN go live to his at bat when he had the chance to get to 500?

Doubtful.

cbotnyse
09-12-2007, 02:47 PM
Just curious, in case anyone is watching, did ESPN go live to his at bat when he had the chance to get to 500?No, re-runs of "The Bronx is Burning" is on. Way too important to cut into that.

thedudeabides
09-12-2007, 03:21 PM
No, re-runs of "The Bronx is Burning" is on. Way too important to cut into that.

Flipped on ESPN during his last at bat and they did not go live to his at bat.

jenn2080
09-12-2007, 03:40 PM
what would you do with the 500 ball if you caught it?


Give it back to him for sure. No matter how much I wanted to keep it, he deserves it more.

salty99
09-12-2007, 03:48 PM
Are they using special baseballs for his at-bats now so they know exactly which ball it is?

TDog
09-12-2007, 03:55 PM
Are they using special baseballs for his at-bats now so they know exactly which ball it is?

If MLB considers a player moving to within four home runs of a tie for 22nd place on the all-time home run list they will.

Lorenzo Barcelo
09-12-2007, 04:14 PM
According to Hawk, Thome plans to take his father to Cooperstown with his 500th HR ball over the off season.

34 Inch Stick
09-12-2007, 04:28 PM
Give it back to him for sure. No matter how much I wanted to keep it, he deserves it more.

Before I gave it to him I would make a contract with him that should he or his heirs ever sell it, I get a significant cut.

mrfourni
09-12-2007, 04:32 PM
I'd be happy to give it to him, but I would demand that it be in person, after the game, possibly with a beer or two.

MCHSoxFan
09-12-2007, 04:33 PM
Thank God I am going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday, I will be in the Socut Seats!!!

C'MON JIM!!! YEEEESSS!!! :D:

jenn2080
09-12-2007, 04:34 PM
I'd be happy to give it to him, but I would demand that it be in person, after the game, possibly with a beer or two.

You may actually get that request

TommyJohn
09-12-2007, 04:36 PM
Doubtful.


Exactly. This isn't Alex Rodriguez we're talking about here.

thomas35forever
09-12-2007, 04:51 PM
Exactly rush the field run past the security guards and hand it to him. It would be an adrenaline rush.
You sure you can do this?
http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040929/040929_fenway_film_hmed.hmedium.jpg

rookie
09-12-2007, 06:44 PM
It would have been cool if he could have hit it againist Cleveland, but that's okay. Hopefully he won't hit it Friday, cause I'll be there Friday and Saturday!

nccwsfan
09-12-2007, 07:17 PM
I'll be at the game on Saturday night, when he hits #500!

:bandance:

MCHSoxFan
09-12-2007, 09:18 PM
I'll be at the game on Saturday night, when he hits #500!

:bandance:

As I said before, I will be there the entire series. I really do think he will hit it on Staurday night.

chisoxfanatic
09-12-2007, 09:33 PM
I'd throw it back.

:rolling:

Someone actually did that at last night's games for a Cleveland homer...And then our entire row booed.

It's Dankerific
09-13-2007, 01:55 PM
Wow. It definitely could happen. Thome could hit #500 on Sunday, also known as Jim Thome Bobblehead day.

That would be kind of cool.

WhiteSoxJunkie
09-13-2007, 02:53 PM
Wow. It definitely could happen. Thome could hit #500 on Sunday, also known as Jim Thome Bobblehead day.

That would be kind of cool.

Players do tend to get a big/game deciding hit on days where the promotion involves them. That would be way too appropriate.

nccwsfan
09-13-2007, 09:32 PM
As I said before, I will be there the entire series. I really do think he will hit it on Saturday night.

And it looks like you'll have some great seats for whenever #500 comes!

TommyJohn
09-13-2007, 09:55 PM
You sure you can do this?
http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040929/040929_fenway_film_hmed.hmedium.jpg

What the heck is that all about?

WhiteSoxJunkie
09-14-2007, 11:06 PM
What the heck is that all about?

It's from the movie Fever Pitch.

TommyJohn
09-15-2007, 08:01 AM
It's from the movie Fever Pitch.


I thought that looked like Drew Barrymore.

Handicaporowski
12-06-2007, 07:50 AM
Didn't want to start a new thread but Thome's 500th homer was honored before last night's Blackhawks-Canucks game

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/5636/thomewb5.jpg

Juice16
12-06-2007, 08:51 AM
Didn't want to start a new thread but Thome's 500th homer was honored before last night's Blackhawks-Canucks game

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/5636/thomewb5.jpg

I was there too, It was cool to see Big Jim in a Hawks sweater.

skottyj242
12-06-2007, 08:55 AM
Would it be stupid to buy one of those sweaters?

WhiteSoxJunkie
12-06-2007, 05:29 PM
Would it be stupid to buy one of those sweaters?

I think so. It would look tacky. And it's not like Thome is a long time Sox player.