A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
SCORE 4 FOR THOMAS
It was just a very typical
rather lackadaisical early
season weekend game
of no particular note
well go tell that to
It is not a game he will soon forget after one pinch hit swing in the bottom of the 5th inning Sunday afternoon in Toronto playing the world CHAMPION Boston Red Sox. If he wants to share the praise Thomas can thank Red Sox pitcher of World Series fame Josh Beckett for giving up a two out single then two walks.
Thomas might also thank Boston manager Terry Francona for pulling Beckett at that point and bringing in reliever Manny Delcarmen. Thomas might thank his own manger for making sure Thomas was in the line-up as Designated Hitter. And what the heck he might as well thank Fate for being at bat when he was in the 5th and for getting a “great” pitch.
Then it only took one pitch
one fast ball from Delcarmen
to effectively end the game
when Thomas HIT the pitch
for a GRAND Slam
time for a quote ..
“I hit it good. I’m just happy it jumped off my bat,” Thomas said. “It was a big hit in a situation that we needed it, especially in a series with these guys: the defending World Series champions. They were the best team of the league last year, and we wanted to just come out today and show people that we are for real.”
Thomas is no stranger to the Grand Slam. It was the ELEVENTH of his illustrious career. Thomas who has a reputation earned over many years of starting the season SLOW then picking up momentum the closer he gets to the Fall has given himself an early energy boost with the Slammer. He may attribute it to his NEW batting helmet. After doing poorly all Spring he got a new helmet and immediately began hitting better.
Another possibility is that getting steamed up a few days ago playing the New York Yankees the mild mannered Thomas blew up after being called out on strikes and getting himself thrown out of that game by Ump Bill Miller. Channeling his anger at the baseball rather than the umpires if he did proved very fruitful Sunday. Or maybe it was that by swinging at the first pitch thrown to him for a GrandSlam he avoided another confrontation.
This is Frank Thomas‘s 19th Big League Season all of which he is expected to “play” as the Blue Jays Designated Hitter batting in the Clean Up position otherwise know as 4th in the line-up. A future Hall of Famer Thomas who now has 515 HomeRuns and 1629 RBIs – and let’s not forget his .303 lifetime BA – has his sights set on Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Fox and Willie Mays. And their RBI and HR totals this season.
So while it was an ordinary Sunday
for some worse still for others
(on the CHAMPION Red Sox)
it was a GRAND day for
Frank Thomas and so
we’ll leave you with a
Frank Thomas video …
If you subscribed to MLB.tv you could have seen Thomas hit his Grand Slam yourself on your computer screen in semi-HD. Here in the Box we have the benefit of ALL the latest and best technology to bring you the finest possible coverage.
THE WINDOW HAS CLOSED