MLB

Gardenhire holding Thome's HR ball

Share This Story

   
 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)

Sitting in Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's office, encased in clear plastic, is slugger Jim Thome's 607th career home run ball.

15 MINUTES OF FAME

Sports is the ultimate "unscripted TV." No wonder so many athletes have appeared on reality shows.

Gardenhire had a simple message for his friend on Tuesday night, knowing that Thome would like to get his hands on that little piece of history: ''Come and get it.''

Thome hit the home run last month when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, launching the ball into the flower beds in right-center field. It took the Twins a day to dig it out, and the Phillies had left the Twin Cities by then. Thome was traded to Baltimore a few weeks ago and the Orioles returned to Target Field for a four-game series that started on Monday night.

After sitting out the opener, a 19-7 Twins victory on Monday night, Thome was back in the lineup on Tuesday night. Gardenhire, who spent two years managing Thome and considers him a good friend, joked before the game that he was holding the ball for ransom.

''Thome hasn't come in here,'' Gardenhire said while seated in his office. ''He doesn't know what we want yet, so he's afraid.''

When told of Gardenhire's remarks, Thome let out a big chuckle and said, ''I'm sure. I'm sure.''

Gardenhire hire made sure to let everyone know that he was joking, and he'd be happy to hand the ball over for nothing more than a handshake. But the manager wasn't about to walk all the down to the other end of the ballpark to hand-deliver it, even if the guy waiting for it is one of the most feared sluggers of his era.

''I'm just holding it. It's sitting right here,'' Gardenhire said. ''And it's staying here. He has to come get it. He hit it. He was the one that lost the ball. Now we've got it and he has to walk over here and say, `Mr. Gardenhire,' and then we'll go from there.''

Tagged: Twins, Orioles, Phillies, Jim Thome

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..