COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Frank Thomas got an unexpected gift from his fellow Hall of Famers late Sunday night in the form of a phone book.
Wanting to take a playful jab at the new kid on the block, the White Sox slugger said Monday morning that several veteran members gave him a phone book because they didn't think he thanked enough people during his emotional 17-minute, 45-second speech. Included in the speech were thank yous to 138 or so former teammates with the White Sox, Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays. Thomas, who tried to thank everyone, including clubbies, front office people, traveling secretaries, doctors, trainers, etc., broke down early in the speech while thanking his parents.
Thomas had a good laugh about his additional present at a Hall of Fame round table event on Monday morning.
Fellow Hall of Famer Goose Gossage said he enjoyed Thomas' speech and gets why the longtime first baseman had to fight off tears.
"It is very emotional," Gossage said. "I held it together, but we understand. You wanna cry, cry, man. It's very emotional and you have a lot of people to thank that got you to where you are and you have got to take care of those people and remember them."