Phillies honor Jim Thome during pregame ceremony

Mike DeNardo
June 14, 2018 - 5:04 pm
Philadelphia Phillies alumni Charlie Manuel and Jim Thome during a pregame ceremony against the New York Mets in 2017.

© Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Categories: 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — He's already on the Phillies Wall of Fame.  

Now, the Phils are paying tribute to one of their most popular players as he heads into baseball's Hall of Fame.  

"I appreciate so much those Philadelphia curtain calls," said Jim Thome at a pregame ceremony, who was honored by the Phillies 14 years to the day after he hit his 400th career home run.

Thome thanked the front office staff, former teammates and, of course, his friend and baseball mentor Charlie Manuel.  

After the ceremony, he admitted his Hall of Fame induction speech next month may sound similar.

"The main thing is, you want to embrace it and also thank people that meant so much. Just like here today — there were so many people during my Phillies time that I wanted to make sure they knew how important they were to me and what they meant," he said.

Thome also said he appreciated the intensity of the Philly fans, and he worked hard for them because he never wanted to get booed.