8.26: Frank Thomas on Chronicle Live
The Big Hurt joins Greg Papa as the Chicago White Sox prepare to retire his number.
A bigger heard -- as part of elite group of only four players to have at least a 300 batting average 500 career homers 15100 RBIs a thousand runs scored. And 15100 walks in a period the others you may have heard it. Mel -- Babe Ruth and Ted Williams we are thrilled to go to Chicago to bring a product of conversation subject tonight the two time American League MVP about a should've won a third at. When -- 06 year with the open days of one of the great. Chicago White Sox of all time the Friday smiling Frank Thomas joins us from Chicago frank welcomed -- chronicle live presented by. Auto trader -- I'm Greg pop in San Francisco and tell me about this honor. Coming up on Sunday over the tenth White Sox to have your number retired was -- media. It means a lot you know had a number retired and to really feel appreciated that have been somewhere for such a long time. My first and I'd say hello to the Bay Area. I -- must. Favorite times of my career out there and then 2006. As a class last place to be and I are really enjoyed they help from the fan out the fans out there who. May be pretty much at home but there. Yeah yeah I thank god he's got a new Billy Beane would find a way to get you we love -- Barry Bonds obviously and you're rivaling with Jason Giambi but he loved it. The combination of the power. And the patience and and very they just walked all the time intentionally that you had that discerning Ted Williams type guy. Where you were just spit out a pitch if it wasn't right there where you could drive -- talk about. That's fine line because you were such a great power hitter but you would take a 13040. Walks every year how did you do that -- to wait for the pitch you can drive. Well when you look at -- six not to -- anything on the different in a home run every town to the plate but that was not my style. You know grown up always loving a lot of hits I was considered must have a hitter and that was first and now sometimes. You know getting on base walking always felt. I had a chance going around and really a team scores so that was more important meeting in a month old time. Q what did they pay for the White Sox in back to back years that he's three and a night before you come on the Triple Crown that you're not before the strike that hit. But I do want to ask you about your days with the a's had gone back to Chicago I remember that. First time you went back to the south side where and he is the age road grays may the 22 of those six in a negated nice ovation and you went yard. Right away would that feel back on that feel like on back there hitting a home run like that. Moses led them back at home united so many at bats in that ballpark. Actually -- balls on the team -- that ballpark so. You know I just felt very comfortable when I got back here and you know there's a lot of things -- -- that -- -- that it felt like a visiting player and got have been standing ovation as his elegant home game and and I guess that I had in the background and it was there was it was easy to pick up the mountains but there's -- -- nights -- something you did that year was rise to the occasion you started slowly -- a bad month of April what you got swing and in May. I thought you should have an American League MVP any of that year 2006 at Justin Morneau of the twins one at Garrett. Jeter was second David Ortiz was third but you were. Reggie Jackson tied -- that year Franchitti in the playoffs that first game at Kentucky on Santana gave -- a couple homers in that. First round playoff game is where do you rank that season because you -- -- years statistically but it always go to the playoffs -- what are your most watched season. Oh yeah I was and that hurt us in the third but just tough girls are great here. Are really enjoy that you elect a -- one -- time of the bay. That was as it was is great from from a spirit muscle. On the fan base out there was wonderful they -- bad night in night out of the die -- and but I really enjoy a plan out their so. The clubhouse full characters. That there was always loose there wasn't all that the pressure that Chicago can bring to some time. You know there's the -- fill -- for me and has backed plan baseball have a good time the guys in. I really think -- be -- bring up if -- a year because it really. Resurrected in my career and Milton Bradley was on his best behavior that year and active and our next question was their keep at it like you guys know Milton Milton Milton but he did tell me that was that was favored. Policies -- -- big leagues so far I really enjoy that team and you -- finally won a playoff series for the a's and went the American League Championship Series and they fired can knock and that's for another story. Frank actually your time electronic -- denied enjoy yourself on Sunday one of ten White Sox in history to have -- -- number retired congratulations to -- Thank you very everything he has also thank you very much there's the bigger Frank Thomas joining us now live from Chicago.