There were several points of interest to this evening’s contest. It was my first trip to U.S. Cellular Field this season. As you may be aware, the Sox have had a dreadful season and have been out of the race for a few months now, yet here you can see that the place was nearly full with barely two weeks to go in a lost season. A big reason for the high attendance was this man:
Number 25 there is Jim Thome of the White Sox. In his long career, he has hit exactly 499 home runs. In the century+ that the major leagues have existed, only 20 people have hit 500 or more home runs, so Thome’s next dinger will be A Pretty Big Deal. In fact, you may notice that someone in the stands here is holding a sign reading “Thome 500.” Every time Big Jim came up to bat tonight, the crowd rose to its feet and remained there throughout his plate appearance. Alas, tonight was not to be the magical night, so Jim is at 499 and holding. Perhaps he will do it on Sunday, which will be Jim Thome Bobblehead Day at U.S. Cellular Field (woo-hoo!).
The other point of interest tonight, for me anyway, was that it was my first experience with using my new camera at the extremes of its zoom capabilities. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve seen so far, considering that I can read the name “Thome” on his uniform back even though I was sitting at almost the back of the lower deck outside first base. That first photo, by the way, was purposely shot without zooming at all because I wanted to show how full the stands were.
Oh, and if it matters, the Angels won by a score of 2-1, but that’s really okay – we had a fun time and saw a very entertaining fireworks show right after the game. I would have tried taking pictures of that as well but, don’tcha know – my batteries ran out of juice and I hadn’t brought along spares. When will I learn?