“The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs. I just eat. I’m not a supplement guy. Steroids are not even a thought.”
On August 15th, 2011, Jim Thome became the eighth Major Leaguer to hit 600 home runs.
Thome, who turns 41 on August 27th, has played for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Minnesota Twins.
Thome is a five-time All Star who has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 12 times, 40 or more six times and in 2002, with Cleveland, he belted 52 homers.
Thome began his career as a third baseman, was moved to first base and he currently is a designated hitter with the Minnesota Twins.
Thome has driven in a 100 or more runs in a season nine times and he has led the American League in walks on three occasions.
Jim Thome belted home runs when many of his fellow players were doing the same thing with the aid of steroids.
Thome has hit 12 walk-off homers which puts him in a first place tie on the all-time list.
Jim Thome always has been a class act on and off the field. In 2003, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a poll and Thome was named the most popular athlete in Cleveland sports history.
There is somewhat of a comparison between Thome and Harmon Killebrew in that both men were sluggers who did not run well.
Thome bats left handed; Killebrew hit right handed and Thome has hit many more homers to the opposite field than Killebrew did.
Thome is and Killebrew was a true gentleman.
Thome is from Peoria, Illinois and it is understandable that he is called, “The Pride of Peoria.”