Enjoy the Show
I mean, they told me with absolute certainty Thome couldn’t hit a baseball.
I’m not saying I knew Thome would produce like he has this past week (I certainly didn’t), but I knew Thome needed a shot to play every day before I could draw any conclusions. Thome is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs, two walks, four runs scored and a 1.399 OPS in five games as the team’s designated hitter. He will have another four games to be the team’s DH before the Phillies get back into their National League schedule.
So what happens after that?
Well, we can guess it will be a struggle. He went 2-for-20 with 11 strikeouts before he went on the DL. But maybe these nine games will keep him sharp for a while. Or maybe he figures out how to make the adjustment to a full-time pinch-hitting role.
So this time, just let it play out. (And avoid those absolute declarations.)
“I think we’re focusing on the right now,” Thome said. “I think sooner or later I’ll sit down with Charlie and see where we’re at. I think I’ve been pretty honest and open with that. We’ll see.”
In the meantime, enjoy the bomb he hit over the batter’s eye last night. I watched BP for a few minutes behind that batter’s eye Tuesday. Unbelievable anybody can hit a baseball that far.