Stars Align for Thome's 500th

Slugger's milestone home run also a game-winner for White Sox
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 6:35 AM CDT
Chicago White Sox' Jim Thome (25) is greeted at home plate by his teammates after hitting a walk-off, two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Jim Thome's 500th home run reads like something out of Hollywood. On the day White Sox fans received his bobblehead doll, in the ninth inning of the final game of a home stand, on a full count, Thome hit one deep—to win the game over the Angels 9-7. It's the first time a 500th homer was also a walk-off, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Thome's family and friends poured onto the field to celebrate, and teammates hoisted the 250-lb designated hitter onto their shoulders for a victory lap. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen waxed poetic, saying of Thome that "Good things happen to good people."