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Brotherly Lovefest

Originally Published: February 5, 2003
By By Jayson Stark

It's 4:15 A.M. on a midwinter Saturday, and people are already descending on the King of Prussia mall in suburban Philadelphia. They didn't come out for a Bloomingdale's tag sale. They came to see Jim Thome, whose 52 homers last year didn't begin to show us the kind of power he really has.

Since 1994, the Phillies have made nearly 19,000 fans per game disappear. But in the first week after Thome signed his six-year contract on Dec.3, the team sold 1,000 season tickets. It's headed for ...

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