Jim Thome took a 2-1 offering by Kyle Farnsworth into the left-center field bleachers. The home run; Thome's 542nd wall clearer, put the White Sox up for good in the bottom of the eighth. Thome has hit home runs in the 3 of his 4 opening day starts with the White Sox. Thome said he was looking for a pitch over the plate to drive up the middle. With a 20 mph gust out to straight away center, all Thome could do was pray for such a pitch. On a 2-0 count from Farnsworth, Thome got that pitch; and took it. He said he wasn't sure if he would see such a pitch again. Thome's monster hack saw the ball sail some 420 feet into the center field bleachers.
Thome went 3-4 and is hoping this is just the beginning of good things to come. For the club of course. Jim Thome has never been one to self-promote. Some 37, 499 packed into the Cell to watch Bobby Jenks close things out for the 'good guys'. Mayor Daley was on-hand celebrating the Southsiders victory.
Gavin Floyd takes the rubber tomorrow evening against Kansas City. First pitch 7:11 pm. Tickets available, as always through www.stubhub.com . Also, be sure to stop by Grandstand near the ballpark to pick up some licensed MLB White Sox apparel.