I mean anything can happen, and I won't give up on my Twins...but we're 10.5 games out of first place with barely 6 weeks left of the season. Sigh. There's always next year.
|Why do I not yet own this shirt?|
Thome settled that battle just an inning later.
With 2 on and 2 out in the 7th, Big Jim blasted the 600th home run of his 20 year career over the left field fence (and over the head of former Twin, Delmon Young).
The entire Twins team poured out of the dugout. The Detroit fans gave him a standing ovation (seriously classy stuff in Detroit...way to go, Motor City!). His family was ushered onto the field for hugs and kisses. It was fantastic.
But it wasn't just fantastic because he is one of only 8* men who have ever played major league baseball to reach this milestone. And it wasn't just fantastic because he's the first guy to hit 599 and 600 in sequential at-bats (even Babe Ruth had one at-bat in between). And it wasn't just fantastic because he's the first guy to hit home runs 300, 400, 500 and 600 with different teams. And it's not just fantastic because this pretty much clinches his spot in Cooperstown.
|Everybody says so...|
I'm not going to tell you all the stories. They're all right here if you want to read about him. I just want to savor this moment and shine a light on the fact that sometimes, the good guys do finish first. It's pretty heartwarming to see his integrity being celebrated just as much as his athletic accomplishment. It's wonderful to see that playing the game the right way and being a good teammate..and a good sport...isn't mutually exclusive to having great success.
Our world is choking on examples of people who are only looking out for #1...of people who may be successful, but they're also world-class jerks. Let's not even start making that list, okay?
Let's take this moment to honor a great athlete and an even greater human being. Let's use Jim Thome as a reminder that being a generous participant in this journey through life is as important (if not more important) than being a successful participant.
Here's the magical moment, in case you missed it:
Oh, and the part where his dad comes running out at the 0:53 mark? Yeah...I totally bawled. I mean I was already a little choked up and emotional. But watching his dad jog out? Bawling.
Speaking of dads and Jim Thome, can you indulge me for just another minute while I tell a quick story? :)
Last September, my husband, my brother and I took my dad to Target Field for his first game at the new stadium. Since all of my best childhood baseball memories were gifted to me by my father (wiffle ball in my Grimace slippers...baseball card shows/collecting Kirby Puckett cards...welcoming the 1987 American League champs back to the Metrodome on a school night, etc.), you can only imagine how excited I was to introduce him to Target Field.
|These are the very best days...|
It had been a monster shot. An absolute monster.
"Yeah," I smiled.
His eyes grew as big as saucers. "Whoa..." he said, sounding breathless as a kid at a big league ballpark for the very first time.
I could tell he was instantly in love with the new home of our Minnesota Twins. And guess who hit 2 home runs that day?
But I digress...
Congrats, Jim Thome! As a life-long Twins fan, I'm thrilled that it happened while you were wearing a Twins uniform. And as an ardent baseball fan, it's wonderful to see a person of your tremendous character accomplish such a wonderful feat.
I can't sign off without making sure you've all seen this one:
You're welcome! :)
*Some would asterisk that statement and say he is only one of five to do it without using (or being suspected of using) performance enhancing drugs...which makes it even more fun, huh? :)