The Big Hurt's Big Heart
7/30/2014 (Updated 10:50:45 PM)Cooperstown was filled with almost 50,000 baseball fans over the weekend. The vast majority were Atlanta Braves fans, but there was a solid representation of St. Louis Cardinals fans, New York Yankees fans, and Chicago White Sox fans. While the Braves stole the majority of the space on the wall in the Baseball Hall of Fame with three new members going in; Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Bobby Cox; it was White Sox slugger Frank Thomas that stole the show. Thomas was known to crush baseballs earning him the nickname The Big Hurt, but on Sunday he became The Big Heart.
An emotional Thomas took the stage and began his speech by asking for a moment to compose himself. For the next several minutes Thomas, a rather imposing figure physically, fought back tears as he dished out his thank yous and shed several tears when specifically thanking his late father. In the press conference after the ceremony Thomas added about his emotions and his father, "he was my everything, and he's no longer with us."
After the most emotional part of his speech, Thomas proceeded to have one of the most entertaining parts of the ceremony, thanking nearly every player he ever played with in the majors by name. He read off the first, last, or nickname of 138 players that he shared the field with in any of his 19 seasons. When asked if he knew what the total number is, he said he did not but that he cut out about 50 names in the interest of time.
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