Friday -- Twins 6 - Indians 7
Saturday -- Twins 7 - Indians 2
Sunday -- Twins 5 - Indians 4
Record: 63 - 49, 1/2 game back
Jim Thome and the Cleveland Indians go way back. He was drafted by them in 1989, and he broke into the big club in 1991 at 20 years old. He spent 12 years there, and then, after 3 years in the NL, he came back to the division with the White Sox for 2 1/2 years. And, once again in 2010, he's back in the Central. So if anyone knows how to hit in The Jake/Progressive Field, it's Jim Thome.
During Friday's game, as he steps in the box to pinch hit in the 9th inning, I can hear fans booing. I'm sure Jim can hear it too. Booing? After 12 years of stellar service to your lowly organization, you're booing? Jim Thome? Ok, fine. So, in a noble attempt at retaliation, he decides to tie the game right then and there with a lovely homeru...um, wait, no? It's not a homerun? What? It sure looks like a homerun...over the line, off the railing. Right; give the umpires the power of replay, and they still don't get it right. So, a double it is. Sure, the runs still score, but it's not as fun this way. And for a guy who's getting up there in years, and whose homeruns kind of matter because, well, they're kind of milestones, this is tantamount to a real insult.
On Saturday, Thome doesn't play. But the cameras show him looking all proud as his former teammate Kenny Lofton is inducted into Cleveland's Hall of Fame. That was kind of cool to see.
Sunday, as the DH, he decides to do his best to show the Cleveland fans that he knows full well who he plays for now, and he goes 2 for 3 with a walk. Oh yeah, he also blasts a 2-run shot -- a no doubter, no need to review.
Nice work, Jim.