One of the nastiest guys in the Major Leagues made his grand entrance to the Dodgers clubhouse this afternoon. Mr. 564 homers Jim Thome finally graced us with his presence.
Casey Blake rushed out to greet the Peoria-bred Thome in one of those man-hugs that tells the world that both parties are 100% rugged heterosexuals and don’t you forget it buddy. Of course the man-hug in context with the Tyra Banks Show playing on the television (though today the sound was muted) is an exercise of absurdity not seen since Eugene Ionesco.
Thome went in to manager Joe Torre’s office for a bit and came around to his locker situated in between Andre Ethier’s and Casey Blake’s. He saw us media scum hovering around his locker waiting to pounce and suck the life force out him. And do you know what he said to us?
“You know what,” Thome told us. “Let me meet some of the players, and I’ll meet y’all out in the dugout.” What nerve!
In actuality he is one of the nicest guys in baseball. He did make sure to shake every players’ hands. When he got to Manny Ramirez it was like a portrait from a family reunion. If my heart weren’t made out of stone I probably would have shed a tear or two.
“I just had no idea it was going to happen,” Thome said about his trade to Los Angeles. “When it happened I was a little surprised and very excited.”