Would the Phillies Trade for Jim Thome?

Thome_manuelShucks, maybe

In today's Inquirer, the paper of dwindling readership, Bob Brookover mentions that the Phillies could be interested in first baseman Jim Thome. Say who?

I would provide a link and a quote, but since navigating Philly.com is like driving around centuries-old Italian roads [read: I couldn't find the fucking link], here's a summary:

A source told Brookover that Jim Thome would love to finish his career in Philadelphia playing for Charlie Manuel. With the Twins already in last place, Thome will most likely be available at the deadline, and, according to Brookover, could play the role of Matt Stairs in the 2011 production of Phillies baseball.

– stops, digests –

Hmm… interesting concept, Bob. Seeing as though that role is currently occupied by new daddy Ross Gload, who a has a torn labrum in his hip, Thome could be an upgrade. Let's delve.

Thome had a good season last year, hitting .283 with 29 HR and 59 RBI in 276 at-bats. This year, he is hitting only .237, but has 4 HR and 12 RBI in 76 at-bats- so the power is still there.

Even though this is nothing more than hearsay at this point, acquiring Thome would have Disney-like undertones: Aging star returns to former team to play for beloved mentor and helps team win World Series. Of course, there's also the M. Night Shyamalan version, which tells us that Thome has really been dead since 2006 (no seasons since with over 100 RBI, and a 4-for-29, 1 RBI performance in last three postseasons combined). 

I like the Disney angle better, however.

Plus, bringing Thome back would give the Phillies baseball's two nicest players and an aw-shucks duo of epic proportions. 

Speculation: kinda like, well ya know, I-thought-maybe-like-it'd-be a little fun.


17 Responses

  1. if mike sweeney came back they’d have to amend that list to put him somewhere in the top 3

  2. Wow are you every creepy starting a story on Thome by bashing Philly.com. If you have trouble navigating it maybe it tells something about your intelligence. What exactly is the readership here. I’m curious if you’ll censor me.

  3. I like the news, but the Philly.com website is indeed horrible. I don’t think anyone told them that mainstream websites stopped using pop-up adds in 2002. Also, the autostart videos are maddening.It also is broken, at times hard to get around on, and has awful editing (I can’t count the number of times I have found a typo on there). They need to step it up already.

  4. Plus all those Thome jerseys in closets throughout the tristate area wouldn’t be throwbacks anymore. I think that actually makes them less cool though…
    Also, people like “steve” who are super-critical but have trouble putting together coherent sentences make me laugh.

  5. While the content is typically pretty good, the philly.com layout is fucking awful.

  6. Aside from a few curmudgeon writers, the content (gelb, Murphy, brookover, seravalli) is mostly good But the business and the site are awful.

  7. Exactly what does Crossingbroad offer us. Some warmed over gossip. A few rumors. Maybe the creator would be kind enough to tell us what he offers that is worthwhile. thanks for you answer in advance

  8. I am super critical/ Please refer to the bashing of philly.com. Crossingbroad has a need to bash and you call me super critical.

  9. If this turns out to be true, I think it’s the least the Phillies could do for Thome to welcome him back. He’s still productive, would be an upgrade over an injured Ross Gload, and he’s the first big superstar who actually wanted to come to Philadelphia after the eighties and long before “World Phucking Champions” was uttered.
    Keep an eye on him leading up to the trade deadline, I’d say. If he’s an upgrade, I think the FO should do its best to make it happen.
    Provided this isn’t all just a rumor, anyway.

  10. I would like to know which crude variation of the English language Steve is typing in. Thanks for you answer in advance.

  11. I would mind Jimbo coming back as a little bop off the bench certainly couldn’t hurt. And, I think he’d come cheap, another bonus.

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