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Fans give Thome warm welcome

4/10/2010

Former Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome came back to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday as a member of the Minnesota Twins. Thome was hoping for some love from the White Sox fans upon his return to the South Side.

"That's what it's all about," Thome said before the game. "As a player you give your heart and soul to a team and the fans do the same. We will see. It would be nice to get an ovation. To me, Chicago has always been a great place to play. I always enjoyed coming to the ballpark here and playing because the fans give you everything they have."

Thome had to wait until the 10th inning when he entered the game as a pinch hitter to get his wish as the crowd gave him a nice round of applause. Thome tipped his cap to the crowd before his at-bat. Unfortunately for Thome, he struck out against Tony Pena.

To honor Thome, the White Sox showed a 60-second montage from his four-year career on the South Side.

Although Thome misses his former teammates, he admits the competitive juices take over when the game begins.

"That's part of the game," Thome said. "They are your brothers, but ultimately you compete against each other, and you get after it. That's what the game is all about. That's what makes it fun."