On an August night in this future season, the White Sox looked back in time.
Lincoln's father, Jim Thome, spent four seasons on the South Side and immediately became a fan favorite, joining the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, and the White Sox honored him before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians, the team whose cap Thome wears on his Hall of Fame badge
As funny as it was For fans who see the team celebrate one of the biggest stars in the world – they lined up for his bobblehead and gave him standing ovations during the preparation ceremony – Thome is also part of this rebuilding on the South Side. It's a process designed to bring the White Sox back to the postseason for the first time since Thomes days. It was natural that he cracked the home run in the Blackout Game, which won the team's last playoff spot a decade ago.
Thome is a special assistant to General Manager Rick Hahn and had nothing but great things to say about the Brain Trust team of Hahn, team president Kenny Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Above all, he praised her efforts to bring a winner to Chicago, a process that fans experience at all levels of the organization at night.
Thome, as part of his role, conveys parts of it to beat wisdom about the organization's young players. His 61
"I'm looking forward to coming back and taking to the streets and seeing our young, great prospects," said Thome. "I'm going into the Instructional League, and I'm looking forward to it, it's always one of the highlights. The design is another of my highlights.
"And frankly, I'm sitting with Kenny and Rick and Jerry and discussing the movements and things this organization will (do) do. Being part of it is very special. They've given me the opportunity playing the game in that capacity, which I find very funny, I really enjoyed it.
"In the area of Rick and Kenny, the motivation to win is huge. That drove me from this side now to try to become part of a championship, not just as a player, but now in the front office.
"Kenny is great at scouting, Rick has a great demeanor, I think Rick is very well suited to his job, and I think one of his greatest strengths is that he is a great listener … He has a great personality "From top to bottom, I think our organization has many of these people, they really want to passionately bring a championship here, I hope we're all together to do that soon."
The White Sox fans and The team also hopes that the next Thome – and the next Konerko, Pierzynski, Bührle, Dye and so on – will be the wave of highly vaunted prospects of ashore on the south side. And in addition to the production they would bring, they hope that the connection to this organization and to this fan base is as strong as Thome's.
"That's so special," he said, being honored on Saturday. "This is my family, I work here, we live here, I think you know my relationship with Mr. Reinsdorf, it's really something special."