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Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 3:42 pm
Hopefully, everyone is feeling a little better now at 4-4 …
Jim Thome has just been amazing. He is just crushing balls. It is early, but in my time here, he ranks right up there with Bo Jackson, Albert Belle and Julio Franco among hitters who just hit the ball really, really hard. Several of his home runs this season have been lasers. The cartoon image of a baseball screaming through the air comes to mind as his blasts go way, way out.
With five home runs in the team’s first eight games, Thome has tied Bob Nieman (1955) for the most home runs by a White Sox player in the first eight games of any season.
Robin Ventura, the last Sox player to win a Gold Glove Award (could that change in 2006?), has been nominated for induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Voting is done April 26 with the induction scheduled for July 4.
Think that 58-game hitting streak at Oklahoma State in 1987 will mean anything? By the way, anyone remember who snapped Robin’s streak at the College World Series that year?