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Michael Cuddyer's story about Jim Thome is awesome

Michael Cuddyer's story about Jim Thome is awesome

There were tons of people across the baseball world congratulating Jim Thome on his election to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

But Michael Cuddyer's story on Twitter was definitely one of the coolest.

Cuddyer and Thome played together with the Minnesota Twins the season after Thome's White Sox tenure came to an end. As Cuddyer tells it, in the middle of an August 2010 game against the Cleveland Indians, Thome leaned over and asked if standing on the field was what Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig felt like back in the day — only to hit a two-run homer shortly thereafter. The two-run shot was actually the start of a five-run inning that erased the Indians' four-run lead and sent the Twins to a 5-4 win.

That's a fun moment right there, but Cuddyer goes on to explain that after the game, Thome left a signed bat on Cuddyer's chair with the inscription: "It must have been what Ruth and Gehrig felt like! Thanks for keeping old-school alive. HR #578."

That's just awesome.

Thome has a reputation for being as good a guy as he was a player, and stuff like this shows it.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Jim Thome

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Jim Thome

Moments after getting the phone call from Cooperstown that he made the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jim Thome sat down for an interview with Chuck Garfien. 

Thome discusses the emotions of making the Hall of Fame, calling his dad to tell him the big news, why he owes part of his baseball success to Roy Hobbs from the movie “The Natural,” why being a great teammate was so important to him, his favorite White Sox moment, why he never took steroids and much more.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Reflecting on Jim Thome's Hall of Fame career

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Reflecting on Jim Thome's Hall of Fame career

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Sam Panayotovich (WGN Radio), Teddy Greenstein (Chicago Tribune) and Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly) join Kap on the panel.

The guys react to Jim Thome being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here