Not even Jim Thome envisioned a day like this.
For him, being immortalized at the top of Indians record books and among some of the game’s greats was an accomplishment already.
Playing 22 years in the big leagues, 12 of them with the Tribe, he first became a household name in Cleveland during the mid-90s, and soon, an iconic baseball legend across the country.
On Saturday, the Indians honored their former left-handed slugger in the best way possible, unveiling a statue of Thome outside Heritage Park.
“I don’t think anyone could be comfortable getting a statue, and I mean that respectfully,” Thome said. “You play the game as a kid, you progress and go to high school, you get drafted and you go through the minor leagues. Nobody ever dreams of a statue. I certainly didn’t.”
Five All-Star appearances and 612 home runs later, the eight-foot tall bronze statue of Thome is now forever enshrined in Progressive Field, the one place he always called home.
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