"I'm from a small town in Georgia and there you can only dream about something like this," future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas told the crowd prior to the White Sox-Yankees game Sunday, "but I've always dreamed."
And with that (and U.S. Cellular's trademark celebratory fireworks), the smiling visage and Number 35 of the the Southside's most productive player was unveiled alongside the nine other former numbers retired by the Sox.
Thomas retired this past February after a 19-year career that saw the two-time American League MVP hit .301 with 521 homers and 1704 RBI.
After making his Major League debut in 1990, "The Big Hurt" went on to set White Sox team records in homers (448) and RBIs (1,465) before splitting his final three seasons with Toronto and Oakland.
He is one of four players to have a .300 average, 500 home runs, 1500 RBIs, 1000 runs and 1500 walks during their career.
Who are the other three? Mel Ott, Ted Williams and Babe Ruth…not too shabby.
Matter of fact, Thomas has a handful of goofball records like that…records that no one really knows how to put into context. You can find some of them HERE.
Lastly, it appears that the White Sox won't just end the overdue Thomas love affair with his number being retired.
In a release sent out just after the start of Sunday’s game, the team announced that a life-size bronze sculpture of "The Big Hurt" will be unveiled in 2011.
He'll become the eighth member of the franchise to get the bronze treatment. The others...Luis Aparicio, Harold Baines, Charles A. Comiskey, Nellie Fox, Carlton Fisk, Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce.
After that, expect to see Thomas show up next during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend as a member of the jam-packed Class of 2014.
So who should have their number retired by the Chicago White Sox next? What are you waiting for...go vote!