It's all Frank Thomas, all the time today, so make sure you check the Daily Herald website and newspaper for complete coverage.
I really thought Frank was going to go out kicking and screaming after officially announcing his retirement at the Cell Friday morning, but he genuinely seemed cool with the obvious decision.
“It's taken awhile and people told me, 'You'll know when it's really over,''' Frank said. “Physically, I probably still could do it, but mentally I'm not there anymore to play. After being away 14 months and spending more time with my family than I've ever spent in my life, it shows that sometimes there are other things in this world that are more important.”
Frank really seems to be happy hanging out at his Las Vegas home with his wife Megan and four children. It sounds like the oldest, 17-year-old Sterling, is going to play college baseball at UNLV next year.
If you're lucky enough to get a ticket for the White Sox' Aug. 29 home game against the New York Yankees, you'll see Thomas' familiar No. 35 be retired.
As for Frank, expect to see him around the South Side before that big date in some capacity.
“I'm not going to step away,” he said. “The last 14 months, I've had enough time to step away. I do want to be involved in this game doing something, but we'll see.”
One of the greatest offenses forces in baseball history, would Thomas have the patience to be, say, the Sox' hitting coach down the road?
“I've got the patience,” he said. “I could be a heck of a hitting coach. My last few years, I really, really helped a lot of young guys through. But that's not my focus right now. We'll see in the upcoming months and years where I fit in this game of baseball.”