"Everything has been great,'' Thome said. "It's been a process that we stuck by the plan and everything has gone according to the plan we laid out in Sarasota. I think the next step is to come in here and help with what these guys have been doing. It's been great to watch on the other end."
Thome said he was able to remain patient as he went through the rehab process to come back from a disk herniation in his neck by keeping his eye on the ultimate prize – another opportunity to go into October with a chance to go deep into the postseason.
“That’s one thing I kept telling myself is
Though he has played in nine postseasons, he said that making the playoffs for the 10th time would be special because of the nature of this Orioles team.
"That's always the fun thing is watching guys experience it all for the first time if we're put in that situation,'' Thome said. "Obviously, we have a lot more to do here. We have a lot more to focus on here for the next week and a half. If we can stay true to what we have done, hopefully we'll get to that point."
Thome again deflected questions about his future beyond this season.