|[a] Thomer RF|
Among those numbers, 600 is one of the biggies.
|[b] Hank Aaron RF|
Four more sluggers joined the club in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Only the fiercest defender would dispute the assertion that three of those four aided their quests with various medical enhancements. The stories are well-known, and I am not going to bother with any of them here. Instead, I single out only Ken Griffey Jr. for salutation as an authentic 600 home run hitter. Good for you, Ken.
This Round and Square entry is about authenticity. Hitting 600 home runs is hard (and long) work, and another truly inspiring slugger with massive biceps and a kind personality has joined the club. I am a little bit biased, because he plays for my Minnesota Twins right now, and hit number 600 on Monday night in a Twins uniform.
This is much bigger than team preferences, though. You see, Jim Thome showed up in the major leagues in 1991 as a big guy...and he didn't get significantly bigger (this is not the case with several of the other recent 600-hitters). His last name is pronounced "toe-may", and he just kept being the consummate professional—hitting an array of singles, doubles, and homers (not too many triples). By all accounts, he is one of the nicest and most authentic players in the game. I will say no more in adulation, but rather link a few news stories on the subject and call it a day.
|[c] Workman RF|
What is authenticity?
All I can say today—soaked in admiration for the big slugger and his workmanlike career—is that Jim Thome is the very picture of it.