Thome's home run numbers are amazing. Only 13 other players have hit more home runs than him. He's was a key player in the Indians' 1990s playoff teams and with one swing he put the Chicago White Sox into the playoffs on Tuesday.
Thome has never been indicated in any PED/Steroid discussion, never been accused of being a bad teammate, and has always seem to play with such an enthusiasm for the game.
I think Jim Thome needed to capture a moment to push his HOF credentials over the top, and yesterday he delivered.