Thomas takes swing at 'shady' Sosa
After being voted into the Hall of Fame last week on the first ballot, Frank Thomas again voiced his displeasure with players either caught or suspected of using performance enhancing drugs.
"A lot of people portrayed me as having a huge stance on the whole situation," Thomas said. "I was just pretty much honest about the situation. For me, I know I was 100 percent clean. I didn't worry about any of the other guys because I knew I was going to average in a healthy season 40 (home runs) and 120 RBI anyway. And I did that when I was healthy, pretty much my whole career.
"As for the rest of the guys, I really can't speak on what all these guys did and what they tried to accomplish. There are two people that stand out in my mind, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. I faced those guys early in their careers. I know the kind of competitors they were and I know the type of players they were. As for what they did, I don't think any of us will ever really know. But I can tell you, what I did was real, and that's why I've got this smile on my face right now, because the writers, they definitely got it right."
Thomas said he was growing tired of all the questions about peers that didn’t do it right, but he took a swing at Sammy Sosa during an interview with the Jim Rome on Showtime that airs this month.
"I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs," Thomas said. "Sammy Sosa was my teammate for three years coming up. So watching his career and watching him grow, for three years he was capable of only 20-25, 27 home runs at the most. There's no way Sammy doubled me up."
Sosa hit 66 home runs with the Cubs in 1998.
Thomas is also miffed at ESPN host Skip Bayless.
"I hate to bring up names," Thomas said, "but Skip Bayless even said the other week, 'How did I walk through the door without any suspicion?' And I would like to have a conversation with him because I walked the walk and talked the talk from Day 1."