Jim Palmer: First off Jim, Welcome to Houston. How are you liking the new city?
Jim Thome: I’ve always liked Houston. I’ve been here as a visiting player more than a few times. It’s been pretty mild so far, and I expected more of a dry heat. There’s a bit of an adjustment as compared to say San Jose.
JP: You’ve moved around the league quite a bit in the last few seasons. In your ULB Career you’ve been traded every two years since you came over from Cleveland. Is that something that bothers you?
JT: Maybe I should have asked for a No Trade Clause. (Laughs) It’s something that difficult to deal with. When I was traded from Phoenix, I was a little upset. I’d been having a bad year, but I thought we had the beginnings of a good team. Then I got called in the office, and next thing I know I’m on a plane to Salt Lake City. But it worked out pretty good, because I won a ring that year with the Bees. The trade from the Bees to the Jedi was a bit different. (General Manager J.C.) Hogg called me in and we talked about the moves he was about to make. We talked about the contenders at the time, and the Jedi had interest in me, and well, everyone wants to play for a winner. I won my second ring after that one.
JP: There seems to be a colleration between you being traded and winning the Union Cup with the team that trades for you that season.
JT: I never thought about it that way. I hope it continues. I mean, it looks bleak right now, but hey, stranger things have happened right?
JP: The Apollos have gone 13-27 since you were traded to them, and they’ve gone from a second place contender to being in last place and 19 games out of the division race.
JT: It’s been tough. 13-27? Really. To be honest, it feels worse than that. Getting swept by San Jose was particularly hard to swallow. I don’t like losing. We should not be playing this bad with the team we have.
JP: You just signed an extension with the Apollos too.
JT: Yeah, I feel like this team is on the rise, despite this bad stretch, and GM Nick Strongbad convinced me he’s committed to winning. I’ve been talking with Barry Bonds too about reupping. I think we could have one of the most dominating lineups in history.
JP: There’s definitely some power in your lineup between Bonds, Pujols and yourself.
JT: That’s definitely something pitchers dread seeing when they show the upcoming batters between innings. (laughs)
JP: There’s rumors that you got into a bit of a scuffle with Marlon Trigg. What happened?
JT: He keeps calling me JiJim. I told him to knock it off. We’re cool.
JP: So you’re saying you didn’t duct tape him to his locker?
JT: No comment. Next question please.
JP: What’s your favorite stadium to play in?
JT: Honestly, I love Apollo Park. I’ve ripped a few big dingers here, and I absolutely love the Power Alley at this park.
JP: You haven’t been ripping many big ones lately.
JT: Well, that’s just cold Jim, cold. Maybe I need to start eating more pancakes on game days. Yeah, it took me a bit longer this time to get adjusted. It can be difficult when you switch leagues. I haven’t seen some of these pitchers in over two years. I’ve been burying my face in tendencies and scouting reports since the trade. Now that I’ve been situated a bit, I feel like the best is yet to come.
JP: Well we all wish you the best with the Apollos. You guys are facing the Vipers and John Rocker tonight. Any Predictions?
JT: We’re gonna rock Rocker.