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Video: Thome's first career home run

Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:41 pm
By Matt Snyder

Jim Thome became the eighth man in baseball history to hit 600 career home runs when he went deep twice Monday night. He hit his first career home run all the way back in 1991. He was only 21, but he already had serious power and a flair for the dramatic. In the top of the ninth in (old) Yankee Stadium, with Thome's Indians trailing 2-1, he dug in against Steve Farr with a runner on base. And he planted one into the upper deck to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.

Courtesy of, check it out below.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:20 pm

Video: Thome's first career home run

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Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:52 pm

Video: Thome's first career home run

nice fair weather crowd at Yankee stadium

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:23 am

Video: Thome's first career home run

When I was 21, I was a wiener. A wiener who could slug a baseball, but a wiener nonetheless. At 33, I weigh 60 pounds more, almost all of it muscle - and I don't even work out, just pick up my kids for hugs all the time. Doesn't mean I've used steroids or HGH, I just fleshed out physically in my late 20s instead of late teens.

I remember this home run after seeing the video - I really do. This was when I was 13 and really, really into the awful Indians, and we believed in their up-and-coming prospects. I remember sitting in the outfield of old Cleveland Municipal Stadium for 20 or 30 games that year. If you were in the upper deck behind a baseline, you probably had an entire section to yourself. Humble beginnings.

Thome was my favourite player in the era of Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, and Manny Ramirez, for his work ethic and personality as much as the fact that he played an infield corner like I did. Despite the fact that he's been all around the AL Central now, I'm proud of him; it will always take dedication and longevity (and, in the case of some other players, juicing) to reach 600 homers. Great job, Jim.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:10 am

Video: Thome's first career home run

*pretty. Sigh.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:09 am

Video: Thome's first career home run

Well he was 21 years old then and is 40 now. Human beings grow. I weigh 30 pounds more than when I was 21 (I'm 33), for example. Thome's growth didn't happen to explode within one year when he was in his 30s and didn't stop once MLB was drug testing.

Plus, Thome wasn't skinny. Check out his midsection. There was pertty good bulk there already for a 21 year old.

- Matt

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:51 am

Video: Thome's first career home run

Quite a bit smaller early in his career... Nobody ever mentions Thomes name when it comes to steroids, but I'm not sure why. He came up smack dab in the middle of the juicing era. I'm not saying he did, but wouldn't be surprised.

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