Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jim Thome - Nice Guys Can Finish First ...

Jim Thome is probably one of the nicest men in baseball, heck, he's probably one of the nicest men in sport, period. This week he hit his 600th home run.

The Minnesota batter was 40 this year, still hitting strong, and is only the eighth player to hit 600 home runs in the major leagues.

His behaviour off-field acts as a contrast to that of many sportsmen - in a 2007 poll of 464 MLB players, he was voted the second friendliest player in a tie with Mike Sweeney. He is putting every single one of his 10 nieces and nephews through college. He's just a quiet-spoken, ordinary guy from Illinois who happens to have a great bat.

Nice guys can finish first.