Originally Posted by Chez
I completely agree with you. But Sox fans booed Magglio under similar circumstances when he returned to the Cell as a member of the Tigers. And yes, I'm aware of the entire medical records "controversy" blah, blah, blah. Still didn't make it right. I'm happy that Cleveland is doing right by Thome -- and the Indian fans cheered for him when he returned a couple of Septembers ago as a player.
The Thome situation and the Maggs situation is apples and oranges. I see no comparison there. Even if you gloss over the medical records, Magglio turned down a huge guaranteed offer from the White Sox. Again, disregarding the medical records fiasco, (and it was a big fiasco) he took the exact same offer
from a terrible Tigers team within our own division and his contract there was loaded with injury clauses that protected the Tigers from Magglio's knee issues. The Sox version of the contract had no such clauses. It was a messy, messy divorce likely orchestrated by Boras and Magglio ended up looking really bad in the end. Look at all the other former players that have come back here in other uniforms and get applause: Thome (Twins), AJ (Rangers), Thomas (A's), Buehrle (Blue Jays), Crede (Twins), and so on. There was a reason Maggs was booed.
Thome was offered a token low ball contract from Indians management in 2002 to stay with the rebuilding Indians. He was then offered a gigantic contract for way more money to play with a contending Phillies team. Thome's situation was vastly different than the Magglio mess. It was a standard "free agent leaves town for greener pastures" scenario that fanbases endure constantly in the modern era of baseball. I stand by my statement that Jim deserved better from Tribe fans.