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Jim Thome = Brett Favre

Sep 24, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

Yeah, it makes my skin crawl too because Thome is totally awesome and nice and he’s never jerked anyone around and everyone who knows him absolutely loves the guy, but that doesn’t stop someone from making the comparison today:

At the same age as Vikings future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre,
Thome’s performance this season, in terms of contribution to the Twins,
could be favorably compared to Favre’s last season for the Vikings.

Thome likes the comparison.

“Any time you can have your name thrown in the same mix with
Brett Favre, it’s an honor,” he said. “That’s pretty cool. I guess if
you kind of look at how (the Vikings’) season went last year, yeah.”

Thome is so nice. Even if he felt like every single rational person in the world feels (i.e. Favre is a notch shy of Satan on the evil scale) he’s too damn polite to say it out loud.  His mama raised him right.

The fun part of this article, though, is that it starts with speculation on what Thome may do after this season.  He says he’s going to play in 2011. Then, when, hit with the hypothetical about whether he’d retire of the Twins won the Series, he says he’d have to think about it.

My guess is that Thome would think about it for five minutes, consider it seriously, and then make a decision that was the best for him and his family and which he’d never come off of or publicize to insane degrees in order to draw attention to himself in a Favre-like fashion.

Then he’s drink a glass of milk and donate money to pay delinquent property taxes on an orphanage or something.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Oh yeah, well Leonard Skinner = Lynyrd Skynyrd. Just had to say that. The guy who inspired the band name died monday. Hell he taught those young punks lessons on proper hair styles and still outlived most of them. One hardass gym teacher i must say…..

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Thome is a great guy. I loved him in Philly. But is this writer serious? Favre CARRIED THE VIKINGS TO THE NFC TITLE GAME. Without Favre, the Vikings would have been a 9-7 or 8-8 team. That’s why they bent over backwards for the guy this off-season. Jim Thome has had a nice comeback year for a 40 year old, but the Twinkies would be exactly where they are now without Thome…winners of the division as they did 6 of the last 9 years. Give me a freaking break with all this “Thome is bringing magic to Minnesota” talk.

  3. MdEagle - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Jim Thome was about as pure a power hitter you could get during the steroid era. First ballot Hall of Famer. Hall of Fame Gentleman and Human Being. Have I told you how much I like Jim Thome lately?

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    And Jim Thome is a great man, great ball player, and is having a nice season. And i love it. In the same way I love “the rookie” Why can’t I cange the channel when that movie’s playing for the thousanth time in my house? I watched it again last night……

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    This is classic from the Hawk too…”Meanwhile, Harrelson picks the Twins to win the World Series. ” Of course, he would pick the team that knocked his White Sox out to win the World Series…does anyone expect anything less from the biggest homer announcer in baseball?

  6. Utley's hair - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    It’s okay, Jonny. Just a little Phils withdrawal. It’ll be over tonight. Well, it SHOULD be over tonight, but Dickey (heh-heh, heh-heh…he said Dickey…heh-heh, heh-heh) is on the mound.

  7. matt - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Agree with Craig. Thome would never humiliate himself as the attention-starved whore we call Brett Favre would. Yeah, I understand that the media plays on the story with Favre and all every year but that doesn’t mean Brett has to play along. Get some self respect and just stop talking about retirement until your ready to actually do it. And don’t call press conferences just to let the world know where you are in your retirement thinking. And stop with the ” he’s just a wild west gunslinger who’s willing to take chances”. No, he’s an ex-great QB who’s postseasons for the last decade have all ended the same way, with some rediculously wild heave of the football right into the defenders gut. But, he’s a good ol’ boy so he gets called a gunslinger instead of reckless. Whats the bottom line? Thome good!! Favre {{{{{{{{{{{ EVIL }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  8. Matt S. - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    There’s three players that if it ever came out that they were on the juice, society as we know it would end.
    Jeter. Griffey. Thome.
    God bless you, Jim Thome.
    /please don’t turn this into a steroid flame war, it’s not about that

  9. Largebill - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Chris,
    You can’t assert that the Twins would be right where they are if they didn’t have Thome. I won’t claim he’s done as much for the Twins as Favre did for last years Vikings, but he clearly did more for them than Favre is doing for this years Vikings. In limited duty he has pounded 24 homers and hasn’t been an all or nothing hitter as he’s kept his BA above his career average. Filling the power gap in Morneau’s absence has been huge. They’d likely be competitive without him, but with him they wrapped up the division with 2 weeks to go.

  10. klbader - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    I would add Greg Maddux to that list, but otherwise I agree. We may never know, but I would be shocked too.

  11. matt - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that those guys are clean as far as steroids. Thome is just a big giant ox of a man. No steroids needed. He is the epitome of the term “country big”. Just like the Big Donkey, Adam Dunn. These guys are just big thick monsters who hit baseballs 700 feet in the summer and hunt wild grizzly bear with knives in the winter. Jeter never had the type of power game that would make you suspect he did steroids and Griffey was just had pure Willie Mays talent from day 1. If his skull had grown to beach ball type proportions and he developed a Mr. Olympia type body like Bonds, that would be different.

  12. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Thome’s “WAR” is 3.3, so even if you replaced him with the average player, the Tinkies would still be up at least 8 games. I hope I am proven wrong, but I just don’t see anything there to show that Thome is going to bring magic to Minnesota. It’s all over-blown. But hey, for Thome, it’s no big deal…dude’s a good guy. My greedy 12 year old son wants to know if any Minnesota fans want to buy my Thome signed baseball that I have in my memorabilia case…starting price $1 miiilllllliooonn dollars.

  13. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    love thome and my twins, hate favre and have always hated the vikings. embarrassment to my city and state and i’m incredibly relived the twins got their stadium when they did. I think the only thing that could save the vikings in this state is for favre to lead a miracle super bowl run that ends with something other than an interception. outside of that, i do not see the government pitching in $$ for a new stadium, and the vikings will hopefully leave and spare us all the garbage. the track this team is on right now has them writing their own walking papers.

    one disappointing thing about thome– they showed him pre-game on the day favre announced he was coming back and Thome had a sleeveless purple #4 tshirt on during warmups. gag!

  14. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Was the baseball version of the rookie on last night too? Cause I was watching the Clint Eastwood/Charlie Sheen version from 1990 last night. Good, underrated flick. Had to flinch at the one scene where Clint walks into the bar and they are fighting dogs…especially with the dog-killer himself at the helm of the Beagles.

  15. D-Luxxx - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Those words would never have been dreaded last year…

  16. Jonny5 - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    It was the baseball one, I can’t get away from it. It’s as if there is a meaning some higher power is trying to convey to me. Maybe CBS? or Higher NBC??

  17. Jonny5 - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I know, and i get really good seats to watch Dickey work his Voodoo pitching tonight. I’ll be right behind the dugout of the Mets yelling Tricky dicky and dicky ain’t so tricky, infantile things like that. Maybe I can work some reverse Voodoo on him?Hopefully they can break the spell. BTW, have you noticed on nights when the Phills have off they keep replaying the same game every damn time? I am so over watching the perfect game Halladay threw against the Feesh. There were other great games this season to replay.

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