Jim Thome purchased a home in Burr Ridge for 4.6 million, and while the future Hall of Famer is still employed by the Phillies, expect him to move back to Chicago when he retires.
"When he left here to go to the Twins (in 2010), we kind of shook hands and agreed that, whenever his career is over, hell come back to the White Sox in some capacity," Jerry Reinsdorf told Chuck Garfien at SoxFest of Thome. "He did say that he wants to live in Chicago. Whenever its over, hopefully Ill see him back here. And I hope I live to see him go into the Hall of Fame."
You'd have to figure Thome's new home could be a precursor to that role with the White Sox. For the record, Burr Ridge is just a little bit closer to U.S. Cellular Field up I-55 than Hinsdale, where he's selling his home there for 3.6 million.
Thome is just 2-19 with two walks, 10 strikeouts and no home runs in limited action with the Phillies this season. He's started three games at first base, tying the most he's seen the field since 2006.