For a moment in time, both Frank Thomas and Sammy Sosa were Chicago baseball. Thomas represented more of the gritty Southside while Sosa came off as the more fun-loving, energetic talent from Wrigley.
Thomas, for what it’s worth, never got the shine that Sosa did, despite likely being an all-around better talent. Granted, Thomas never battled Mark McGwire for the in-season home run record, so he didn’t get the face time he deserved. But after being selected to the Hall of Fame, Thomas has every right to talk – and talk he did.
In a recent sit down with Jim Rome on Showtime, the former Chicago White Sox legend called out Sosa, who before his time with the Cubs was a teammate of Thomas:
“I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs,” Thomas said.”Sammy Sosa was my teammate for three years coming up. So watching his career and watching him grow, for three years he was capable of only 20-25, 27 home runs at the most… there’s no way Sammy doubled me up. With Mark McGwire, you really had to take a look at it because Mark McGwire had 48 home runs as a rookie.”
No punches held there. Of course, Thomas really didn’t say anything we as the common fan didn’t think/want to say, though it’s a bit rare for one star to call out another – retired or not.
In the end, Sosa may have got the momentary glory, but the Big Hurt seems to be the last man standing in regards to 90′s baseball in Chi-town.