So, did you hear the one about the future Hall of Famer who started the season with a supposed contender, got traded to a shocking upstart, missed almost two months with a neck injury and then returned to play a hero's role in a pennant race?
That's Jim Thome.
"It's something that I really try not to analyze too much," the Orioles' designated hitter was saying over the phone from Baltimore on Tuesday. "I don't know what to even say, with the way everything played out, (first) going to Philadelphia . . .
"You don't sign with a team to be traded. But it's just part of the business. To actually get traded here with how they're doing so well . . . it's great. Hopefully, we'll have more to talk about at the end of the month."
Specifically, on Oct. 3, if the Orioles earn a postseason berth.
The Orioles trail the Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the AL East but hold a two-game cushion over the Angels, the team in third place in the wild-card race.
If the season ended today, the O's would ho...