Frank Thomas 'wasn't afraid of being great'

Frank Thomas 'wasn't afraid of being great'
July 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
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CSN Staff

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The Big Hurt had a big personality, one that drove him to be the best player he could be.

For Frank Thomas, it was about being great and helping his team get to the next level.

[MORE: How Frank Thomas got The Big Hurt nickname]

His former hitting coach Walt Hriniak always saw and respected that talent and the drive that fueled his growth throughout his career.

"Frank always wanted to be the man," Hriniak said. "Frank wasn't afraid of being great. He was a kind of a guy that would look at the numbers all the time, he always wanted to be the best hitter and he wanted to beat everybody and get the most home runs.

"So the numbers turned him on, and a lot of people took that the wrong way. They thought of it as a negative thing. I thought it was a positive thing."

See what else Hriniak and Thomas had to say in the video above.