Originally Posted by C-Dawg
I found it interesting they're erecting a Thome statue at Progressive Field. I wonder if the fans are going to boo it?
I remember watching Thome's first game back and being embarrassed by the behavior of the Cleveland fans. People forget that Thome didn't want to leave Cleveland. The Indians decided to go in another direction after 2002, so he wasn't re-signed. I suppose it's possible people were angry he ended up playing for a division, but that wasn't his choice, either. The Phillies had Ryan Howard at first base, so there wasn't going to be any room for Thome. They had to move him, and as the Sox weren't sure about Frank Thomas, it made sense for them to find a new DH.