As Jim Thome is on the precipice of hitting 600 home runs I have finally come to the realization that I am not angry with him anymore. I know I am one of the later holdouts amongst Tribe fans. I am also well aware that nobody was really waiting with baited breath for me to come to this conclusion. It just occurred to me for all the negativity I had regarding Jim Thome and him leaving Cleveland for Philly following the 2002 season, I am no longer feeling angry.
Yes, we’ll always have the infamous quote, “my wife is my rock…” We can always make the argument that Jim Thome chased the last dollar. Many will argue that the Indians offered just enough money to make it look good and guarantee that Thome would leave while still allowing the Indians to defend themselves. We might never know if that was truly the case or not. What we do know is that Thome left for a prospectively better situation for more money. [Read more...]