He finally did it in the fourth inning Friday night in Cleveland. The Orioles were already up by six runs, so it was a pretty meaningless bomb.
But when you are 41, have played 22 years and have been as daunting of a slugger as Thome has over his career, no homer is meaningless anymore.
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The fact that it came in Cleveland, where Thome has spent roughly half of his career, added to the allure.
Of course, the aw-shucks Thome didn't bite too much on the line of questioning.
"I'm most happy about winning the game," said Thome, who gave up a bat and two signed baseballs in return for the souvenir home run ball. "The key was getting the lead against Lowe. He's a guy that once he gets settled can be very good."