Jim Thome has long trip to Hall
Jim Thome never had visited the Hall of Fame, and he and his father spent several hours in the exhibit halls. Craig Muder, the Hall of Fame official that escorted Thome and his father, said very few fans recognized the star slugger in their midst.
“He didn’t have an entourage with him,” Muder said. “He just had his dad.”
Muder also opened a folder to reveal two pictures from the archives, one of Chuck Thome’s father and brother playing in an Illinois semipro league, the other of Jim Thome’s aunt, from her induction into the American Softball Assn. Hall of Fame.
Jim Thome squirms just a bit when the conversation turns to his Hall of Fame chances. He is too honest to say he does not think about it, too respectful to toot his own horn, too concerned about a new team that needs him for two months to speak at length about something that might happen in five or six years.